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The year is flashing by with lots of visitors to the garden which is very exciting. New products like the Daffodils and the Clematis on the Obelisk where I have been working with Marcus, the blacksmith, who is doing a brilliant job deciphering what I want. www.theworkshopbroadway.co.uk
In August we had Open Gardens in Offenham, the weather was beautiful, and we had many lovely comments and lots of orders from the visitors. My daughter and I went for the first time to a beautiful Garden in Wimborne to display my flowers, visitors can ask and talk to me about the fused glass flowers, how they are in the winter or types of flowers that I can make - I have been thrown some interesting challenges this year which is brilliant.
Worcester Open Studios on August Bank Holiday is the next big event for me here in our Garden so hoping for lots of visitors again this year.
For other events that I am participating in please see the Events page.
Looking towards the end of the year I will be open every weekend in November and December from 10.00am – 4pm until Christmas for people to come and by gifts for the home or the garden. This worked brilliantly last year so hopefully it will be the same again. So please come and visit me at the Art Pad Studio.
Christmas brings lots of fun and we open the garden in the evening where my partner Mark uses his skill to beautifully light not only the flowers but the garden itself.
Please keep an eye on the website for details of this later in the year.
Look forward to meeting you
Saw the start of the year purchasing a second kiln to help with development however this has been a trial by fire, one minute the glass comes out ok, the next it doesn’t – its all an experiment and you continue learning every single day.
I have tried lots of different things some have worked better than others, for example “tie dye” in glass, weaving glass, texture into the glass, bowls made just of frit – which are very delicate. All great fun and loads more still to explore.
The garden is coming on with some more flowers to try and I have embarked on a project to create a “Cow Parsley” (right) I am pleased with the result but now want to make it bigger so that I can enter it into one of the many sculpture exhibitions that I am taking part in this year.
This year has seen a bit of a change in direction for me.
I am trying to enter more Sculptural Exhibitions and so far have been accepted into Showborough and FreshAir at Quenington in Gloucestershire.
I have also been very lucky to meet many lovely people who have offered me spaces in their gardens for National Garden Scheme Weeks.
Ashton Under Hill has a very special anniversary this year with their 40 years of Open Gardens, so am lucky to included in that and I also had the pleasure of taking part in the celebrations at Cropthorne.
Coming up is the Bretforton Garden Club event at The Fleece, Bretforton and of course the Open Studio events with Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Anyone wanting to visit my garden and studio will always be made welcome, just give me a phone call or email to check that the time is convenient.
I am now a member of the Contemporary Glass Society