I love Blackpool, I love my home town. I remember outside the old souvenir shops rows upon rows of spinning display racks full of postcards, old black & white local scenes that had been brightly over colourised. These new pieces take inspiration from those cheerful, historic, photo-chromed, Victorian images.
(image: large glass table lamp).
We’re working on a couple of pieces from my original ‘Leaf Collection’. I adore the unique organic character of each of these pressed cow parsley. Using actual leaf inclusions in this way was a technique I created in the very beginning of my glass fusing journey and is still my favourite signature style.
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Last year I was invited by the talented ‘Last Legs’ duo Boz & Mr Dee to delivery a one of a kind workshop to a wonderful group of folk who gather at the Ibbison Court Community Centre, Revoe, Blackpool. I was thrilled to hear them asking, “When’s Colette coming back?”.
The Last Legs team secured further funding via LeftCoast to deliver a following workshop that took the community group’s glass making skills to the next level. After discussions with the group it was decided the finished piece would take the shape of a glass chandelier to be hung at the centre. With a colour scheme of purple & green, and a little pink thrown in, each maker was assigned several shards to design and create. The fired shards will hang from the hoops to form the final chandelier to be hung in the newly refurbished center in April 2016.
Watch this space for more pictures of the finished piece!!
To read more about other great LastLegs projects, follow this link: Lastlegs Community Arts – Chandelier Project