Sunday, 30 October 2011

Would you believe it!!!!!! As I posted previously things are getting quite busy at the moment, well over the weekend I have found out that the group of artists that Chris and I are involved with have been given an exhibition space to be hung at the beginning of March next year at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant, Hampshire.  Although both of us have been working towards this exhibition for a while, we both have a lot of work to do to be ready by March!!!!!

Anyway we have just returned from a short break in Cornwall, such a beautiful place, and are now full of inspiration for new work.  Although these ideas probably won't come into play until at least January 2012.  So watch this space!!!!!!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Busy times ahead.

Classes are running well, and are full up with waiting lists.  We have a few fairs to go to before Christmas, but we are going to be flat out making new work for shows next year.

We have finally bitten the bullet and applied for some of the BIG shows.  Read BIG as expensive to enter!!!!!! But we won't know until we try, whether we can be successful selling at this type of event or not.  Also we will be concentrating a bit more on garden ornamentation with our leaded glass, as this is a very good medium for outdoor "stuff".

The new studio venue is working well, and both Chris and I feel it was definitely a move worth making.  It's great to be sharing with another creative person, as we can chat about our work, discuss new pieces etc. or we can just work happily away in a comfortable silence.  Chris and I were saying the other day that it's a bit like the studio spaces we had at University where there were others around doing their own thing.

We will be having a short break this week, as we are off to Cornwall for a few days before the next round of classes begin, and the concentrated making for next year gets under way.

Till next time, I bid you ta-ta!!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

We're back once more

When Chris and I first decided to go into business I don't think we fully appreciated how much of our time Decima Designs would take up.  The days, weeks and months seem to whizz by in a flurry of teaching and making, and before we know it we are back on our way to Christmas!!!  I think we would both agree though, that we would rather be doing this than anything else in the world.  We are both passionate about what we do and enjoy every minute of it.

Decima Designs has once again moved premises, this time to a purpose built art studio in Drayton, Nr Portsmouth, Hants.  Although the area we have is slightly smaller than that of our last studio in Droxford, the whole ambience is much more suited to what we do.  We share the studio with Wildlife Artist Alan Longmore, whose work is absolutely incredible.  We hold our glass classes in this studio, and our pottery course is still run out of Making Space in Havant.

Anyway, things are moving forward for us. We are busy at the moment making leaded glass pieces for some Garden Shows we are going to next year, as well as trying to keep on top of the Christmas making and commissions that have come in.  We have had to condense our classes from 5 to 4 weekly to free up more making time.  The classes we are running are full at the moment, so we must be doing something right. LOL!

Arron & Sarah
This year has been particularly busy for me in a personal capacity.  My son Arron married his fiancee Sarah in May, and my daughter Jodie married her fiance Dave in August.  We handmade all the invitations and other stationary for both weddings, and I also made 2 bridesmaids dresses and 8 leaded glass table decorations for Jodie and Dave's wedding, as well as drying hundreds of rose petals to use as confetti at the August wedding.  I must say though, that I could not have been more proud or happy at both the weddings, Arron asked Jodie to be his best person at his wedding, and then he gave Jodie away at hers.  To see both of my children so close to each other, and so happy on their respective wedding days was a sight to behold.
Jodie & Dave

So I think that after 2011, the year of 2012 might be a bit tame!

Leaded Glass table decoration
The Bridesmaids