First of the three

Catacombs is the first of the three painted pieces I worked on during Covid-19 lockdown. Brendon Sole assisted me and the blowing went very well considering we are both just getting back to blowing after a three month break. We will blow the other two over the next few weeks...
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Airship

June 1, 2020

The idea came from a French print, from 1803 by √ČTIENNE-GASPARD ROBERTSON

I just found the original print on Google. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/la-minerve-airship-destined-282083709 ...
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Hot Air Balloon

May 23, 2020

Progress with canvas painting

I started this painting 7 years ago and it is great to re-start work on it again. My technique has evolved as a result of the recent series I have completed on glass. I hope the next canvas painting I do will be the first of the same Pictures at an Exhibition series. I am wo...
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Painting

May 20, 2020

Don Quixote used the last of the glass blanks I have made.

So now I have set up the patio for painting on canvas. I have brought home my paints and easel and unwrapped a painting of a crazy drawing of a giant balloon village. This was started over 7 years ago, before I bought the glass studio. It looks a bit weird at the moment beca...
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I have started painting on my last blank

Once Promenade III - Windmills is finished I won't be able to do any more painting on glass, until I restart the furnace and make some more blanks. I might even find some canvas at the studio and get my oil paints out. I am keen to start working on some of the Pictures ...
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The Covid-19 lock-down has given me a lot more time for painting.

I thought I would share some of the images I have of the process and the finished results from the series I am painting based on the music suit Pictures at an Exhibition by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. It has taken me a couple of years to work through all the...
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Covid 19 lockdown

April 13, 2020

Furnace shut down

During the first week of the lock-down I shut the furnace down. Hopefully I took long enough to prevent any damage. I intend to start it again before I do a rebuild, because I may only need to run it for a few months to keep up with demand for new stock. When the lock-d...
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All the way from Sweden

February 28, 2020

This should keep us going for a week or two

6 ton of Glasma 705A glass batch arrived from Sweden last week. Minimal damage from fork lifts this time. The Hi-ab truck made unloading easy; dropped just outside the studio door ready for me and Brendon to roll into the studio. We did have to spend the previous day cleanin...
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Trying to let go

February 20, 2020

Brendon and Shawn blowing bowls

I am trying to give my body a break after six and a half years of mostly solo blowing. I know from other studio owners that there comes a point when you need to get help, or permanently stuff up wrists etc. It is a big step to let a couple of other guys take over some of the...
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Full-time Assistant

February 16, 2020

Brendon at work in the Grinter Glass Studio

Here's a few photos of my new assistant, Brendon, at work in my studio today. This is his second day at work. He is looking forward to making his work with the excellent Swedish glass I use, once he has got settled in. He is finding it a bit hotter than Whanganui, where he h...
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