I am back from the studio day. It was really interesting and stimulating. I took loads of pictures which will end up on my web site in due course. Ron Wheeler was the master of ceremonies. The programme started with Mark Hill officially opening the studio, even though it has been producing glass for six months. Then Jonathan Harris told us about his association with the studio from 1987 when he finished college. He showed us the Liberty pieces he designed at that time http://iowstudioglass.wikidot.com/liberty
and some of his recent and spectacular cameo pieces, including a series of four pieces he calls Seasons designed for Asprey.
No picture of Summer I could find.
Then William Walker, the co-designer of Azurene, that really set up the early IOW studio on the way to success, demonstrated making a black Azurene jug. William was a really laid back guy and very humorous. It was amazing to see him 'perform'. Apparently William hadn't seen Timothy Harris since he was a child. Quite a reunion. Tim helped making the jug. William followed by by making one of his iconic landscape vases.
Tim then demonstrated the making a small graal vase, just before lunch. About half of the 30 or so collectors at the event had lunch together at the Dairyman's Daughter pub at Arreton Barns.
The afternoon was spent watching Tim make the special collector's day piece, a huge bag vase in the new design called Stratum. It was an incredibly complex process. All the collectors were fascinated, and Jonathan and William were just as riveted at Tim's skill. They were taking lots of pictures themselves.
The last part of the day was a bit of retail therapy! I spent too much and so did many others