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« on: June 09, 2006, 12:34:51 PM »
I'm planning a "make your own paperweight" day. This would be in my studio in Earl's Court in London, probably early or mid July.

It would involve participants in selecting colours and styles and, if they wished, actual colour preparation as well, but unlike my courses it would not involve physically making the whole thing - you would do the design and colours within certain broad parameters but we would do most of the work! :D

The cost including all materials is likely to be around £40 per paperweight. I'd be interested to know how many members would be interested as we would probably need to book time slots.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2006, 12:40:29 PM »
Hi Adam  :D

That sounds interesting!  Would it be marvered colours, or embedded colours or both?  Could you possibly give examples of what we could possibly do?

(now this is glass design I LIKE!  All the input and non of the hard work!  :lol: )
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2006, 03:29:50 PM »
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Hi Adam  :D

Would it be marvered colours, or embedded colours or both?  Could you possibly give examples of what we could possibly do?

:lol: )


What I have in mind is something along the following lines. We would have examples of four or five design concepts that involve use of different glass powders, frits and finely drawn strands or canes that have been broken up into small sections. There will also be examples of three or four different shapes. Each person can then choose the design style, specify the colours, and select the shapes. If it sounds a bit like design-your-own pizza, its probably because that's a good analogy. Ingredients like silver or gold leaf would attract a surcharge over the menu price.

Depending on the design style selected, the colours might be marvered in, or just melted in but would then be encased in a layer of clear glass.

At this point , I am particularly interested to know whether people think £40 inc VAT is a reasonable price for this and whether there would be sufficient take-up to make it viable. :D
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2006, 03:37:25 PM »
To me, it seems a reasonable price for a unique paperweight, so count me in, as long as it fits in with my schedule.  :D
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2006, 04:15:18 PM »
I could well be interested too, Adam!   :D
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2006, 04:27:32 PM »
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I could well be interested too, Adam!   :D

Bring some friends...we could have a paperweight party!
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2006, 12:34:25 PM »
Believe me, if I lived in England, I'd be at your workshop in a heartbeat. As for price, I think it's more than fair - it's a terrific bargain. Too low, in fact. $100 to $150 (50 to 75 pounds) would be more like it here in the States. The chance to work with a master and actually have one's own, personally-made paperweight would be both a thrill and an honor. Lucky are those who can take the class and make their own weight. Imagine having something you made amidst the glass treasures in one's own collection. Zowie.


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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2006, 09:59:08 AM »
Thanks Wrightoutlook. When are you next in the UK? You must come and see my studio. :D
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2006, 12:59:17 PM »
Adam, won't be in England until maybe 2008. We are planning a jaunt to Shanghai, which should take place in 2007. Friends of ours are living there while the husband completes work for his U.S. company. Eager to see that city.

Interestingly Adam, I stayed in the Earl's Court neighborhood on a previous trip to London. We wanted to be in a real neighborhood away from the tourist clusters. Earl's Court is a lovely area. We stayed at the Ibis Earl's Court Hotel on Lillie Road, near the West Brompton tube stop. Ate at the Prince Of Wales pub. Strolled both Warwick Road and Earl's Court Road. Shopped along Earl's Court Road. Ate at the Italian place at Earl's Court and Old Brompton. Even went to the Tesco on Cromwell. Plus, did all the usual London tourist things. You know, British Museum, Westminster, St. Paul's, Victoria And Albert Museum (nice glass and paperweight collection), Tower Of London, etc.

Anyway, I hope your paperweight making class is a success.


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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2006, 01:03:39 PM »
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We stayed at the Ibis Earl's Court Hotel on Lillie Road, near the West Brompton tube stop.


Oh dear! My studio backs onto West Brompton tube! 3 minutes walk from the Ibis :cry:  :cry:
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