Art Groups - News & Meetings

Reports from the Glass Group and Sculptors Group from their demonstration days at Living Crafts 2013, plus details of further meetings of the various art groups.

GLASS GROUP

The wind blew and the rain came intermittently, but we hunkered down in the Herts Visual Arts tent at Living Crafts for the day. Gloria had some display boards up to show off her beautiful hangings but had to concede defeat as the wind picked up and blew the tent sides in making the boards wobble dangerously. I had hung several pieces in between the photos that had been strung up and although there were one or two very strong gusts, nothing got broken.

Angela put up a display of her charming painted cats and trade mark chickens as well as some other pieces showing how well different techniques can be blended together i.e. stained glass, painting and fusing. She demonstrated her scaffitto painting technique which many visitors were very interested in.

Gloria’s fused glass made a vibrant display showing a good range of fusing techniques. She demonstrated how she cut and laid out the glass for fusing.

Helen brought along a selection of her excellent exhibition pieces. She used a large light box show a range of samples demonstrating the variety of techniques she uses e.g. acid ethching and sandblasting etc.

Matthew was unable to attend but sent along a working partner with an example of glass created using a method which he has developed himself – all very secret at the moment!

I demonstrated the copper foil method and soldered a panel together. I also had a range of panels, boxes and garden decorations on sale.

Overall, it was an enjoyable day. It is always nice to talk to people who show interest in what we do and it was also great to get to spend some time with other glass artists, sharing our knowledge and experiences.

Let’s hope that the weather is a little kinder to us next year – glass always looks so much better with the sun shining through it.

By CAROLINE DAVIS

 

Helen Robinson

Angela Townsend

Caroline Davis

Gloria MacArthur

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SCULPTORS GROUP

Six of us practitioners plus our various and invaluable support teams (husbands, wives, partners etc) enjoyed an invigorating day at the Living Crafts event at Hatfield House on the last and it seems, weather-wise, the best of the four days of the show.

We didn’t gain anything financially from the day but did gain from having spent a day in the company of other and varied sculptors. We also enjoyed chatting to the numerous visitors who came our way.

I think that it had been the busiest day the sculptors had had over the last three years.

 

We were also lucky with the weather for our most recent event which had been a visit to the Roman Bath House at Welwyn where a goodly number of the sculpture group enjoyed a very entertaining explanation by Tony Rook of the discovery and excavation of this ancient monument where Paul had recently had installed the third of his Roman figures. The formal unveiling had been on the previous Friday evening by the Mayor of Welwyn-Hatfield District Council.

After the entertainment we repaired to Bryan Parkes’ to enjoy the glorious weather, more chat and lovely refreshments in his gorgeous garden.

Our next event is on Sunday 30 June starting at 2.30pm. it will take the form of a ‘Pop-up sculpture garden’ in David Free’s large and attractive garden in Waltham Cross.

We’d love it if you were to bring along a favourite, portable piece of your sculpture and a plinth (if appropriate) so that we can share in your enjoyment of the work. We shall all have the opportunity to talk about our work.

By PAUL BAINBRIDGE

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PAINTERS SOUTH

The next Herts Visual Arts Painters meeting will be on Tuesday June 18th at 2pm at Pip Cullingford’s house in St. Albans.Weather permitting the group will work outside, otherwise they will try their hand at a sketching circle.

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PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL THE GROUP LEADERS TO GET INVOLVED IN ANY OF THE ART GROUPS - NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME:

ceramics@hvaf.org.uk

glass@hvaf.org.uk

indigo@hvaf.org.uk (painters north)

painters@hvaf.org.uk (painters south)

print@hvaf.org.uk

sculptors@hvaf.org.uk

textiles@hvaf.org.uk

openstudios@hvaf.org.uk

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