I was with friends the other day & talk turned to my work, I was trying to explain the processes involved but as faces revealed the confusion I turned to photos to help. It went a little something like this… (apologies for the occasional blurry phone picture)
Getting ideas together, it all starts in the sketchbook
Turning ideas to wax, building the model which I will build the plaster mould around
Missing mould making pics. Next…
Mould in kiln ready for firing
Fresh out of the mould
Having a good soak to loosen any plaster residue
Coldworking, this is the final polishing stage, I missed the inbetweeny photos
Ta da! finished piece
and number 2 is on the way…
I’m patiently waiting for a delivery to turn up before I can go and deliver some new work so thought i’d update you with a few pictures of a couple of new pieces. These pieces are based on visits to two local areas, one being Rutland Water and the other a new planting of trees. The wood was only planted about 5 years ago so i’m enjoying seeing the trees grow and the wildlife move in.
Rutland Water 1
Rutland Water 2
New Wood 1
Well, I sit here typing about sunshine & its all looking a bit grey outside, typical! The past few days of sunshine have been great for productivity, i’ve been a mould making machine. Now I just need them to dry out a little before I can fire them.
I’m also working on a larger piece that i’m really looking forward to seeing done, i’m collecting photographs stage by stage so I can do a little ‘life of…’ post showing each part of the process. This is where I started…
… a piece of wax showing detail taken from some waste plaster. Instead of binning the excess I thought I’d play around with it & use it for something else.
I just received a lovely email from the new owner of ‘Landscape Collection’, this piece was bought from the New Directions exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey. I get rather attached to my work so it’s great to hear when the pieces are settled in their new homes.
I’ve been working away & building up quite a collection of pieces I need to cold work, these little fellas have been receiving some much needed tlc this afternoon…
On Thursday I went back to Prague to collect my two largest pieces as the Libensky award show has now finished.
Landscape Collection as shown in Prague
It was only a flying visit as I had to deliver the pieces to Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire the next day, the pieces are now set up in the gallery there along with a set of shelves showing my smaller glass & paper pieces. The work looks great, they have done a fantastic job it’s a really nice space & all festive now too! I don’t have any photos unfortunately, my phone died while i was in Prague.
I now have a couple of new pieces in the lovely Itch gallery in Oakham, great to have some of my more recent pieces there.
As I mentioned in the last post my work will soon be on show at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.
If, by any chance, any of you are in the area on Friday feel free to pop in to the preview and have a nosey. I’ll be there, i’ll be hot-footing it from Prague with my 2 largest pieces of work fresh from the Libensky award show at Prague Castle.
A couple of months ago, probably longer than that but time’s been whizzing by lately so i’ve lost count of where I am; anyway… I have been invited to take part in a new exhibition called New Directions in Contemporary Craft at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. I’m really excited about this one as my work will be shown alongside other recent graduates and established makers, previous exhibitions i’ve taken part in have been made up of just recent graduates so this is something new, and as I said, exciting!
Here’s a lovely description of my work I have found online here
alongside these established makers the exhibition presents the work of several recent graduates already blazing a trail in their chosen discipline. louisa finch makes sculptural kiln-cast glass of immense beauty, in glowing, matt colour.
I shall be delivering some of my work there tomorrow and delivering the rest on the day of the preview – cutting it fine yes, but I am delivering the pieces there directly from the Libensky award in Prague, it’s going to be a hectic couple of days but well worth it.
Find the Mottisfont Abbey National Trust page here.
The exhibition will run from 1st December to the 27th January, hopefully some of you will be able to make it; i’ll be showing some of my larger pieces as well as a collection of my smaller pieces which help to show the development of my work.
Well, a week and a bit has gone by since Lustre in Nottingham and i’m just getting round to the update. I had a great time, met some lovely people and heard some fantastic feedback, I was blown away by the nice things people were saying about my work, so if any of you are reading this, thank you very much, it’s nice to know all the hard work was worth it!
Here’s a rather poor photo of my space, forgot the proper camera whilst trying to remember all the other important stuff.