From Where I'm Standing

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

We are always inspired by nature, most recently our focus has been to create work that reflects the diverse, and in most cases declining, habitats in our countryside. It no longer feels enough to simply admire and represent the beauty of nature, it has become our role to also highlight the need to protect it.

Our aim is to draw the viewers attention to the places between the concrete and the cultivated, the habitats that are essential for the survival of our native wildlife and to our own.

The fluidity of the glass represents well the movement of the plants and intuitively we have amplified this connection by creating intentionally undulating forms. The resulting vessels are specimens, containing the essence of a small part of a larger infrastructure seen at a particular moment, noticed, acknowledged and preserved.

Sketches and photographs from our visits provide the content for the intricate surfaces of the vessels, applied using hand cut stencil and sand carving. The title of each piece is the National Grid reference of the location and the date that it was observed.

These pieces are at the Pool House Gallery as part of the contemporary craft exhibition, From where I'm Standing, curated by Jo Swait June 16th – July 17th


Slimbridge visit 2019

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Waters Edge. Are a group of vessels made in response to the 325 acres of Wetlands that are expertly and successfully managed and conserved at Slimbridge Wetland Centre on the Severn Estuary. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has nine centres around the country where they undertake research and conservation.

In February this year we visited the Wetland centre and, under supervision, were given access to the wild areas and permission to collect plant samples from the waters edge and surrounding areas.

 


Greystones Nature Reserve

Visit May 2019
Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

These stone forms were created following our visit to Greystones Nature reserve, a place whose history stretches back 6,000 years. Here the Gloucestershire Wildlife trust carefully manage and preserve the land to ensure that wildlife thrives.

In particular their Hay meadows, an endangered habitat, support a stunning range of animal, plants and insects. We gained special permission to collect plant specimens around the Hay meadows and to photograph the meadows themselves.

As with many conservation environments there is a sense of nurture, of caretaking, in response we created these stone forms, shapes of the ground and passage of time, wrapped and bound by the encircling plants.


Rococo Gardens

Published on Sunday, 2 June, 2019

This week we delivered a small collection of Floral pieces to the Painswick Rococo gardens. They will be on display and for sale in their shop during the summer sculpture exhibitition, Art Unbound.

The exhibition of contemporary art has been designed to embrace the natural beauty and creative energy of the rococo period and runs until the 8th September.

 


Kew

Published on Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

This month we have recently completed a group of new sand carved bowls and vases inspired by the plant collections at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The designs including Orchid and Iris, were delivered this week and are on display and for sale in their shop.

 


Meadow

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

‘..Just 100 years ago there would have been a Meadow in every Cotswold parish. Providing grazing and hay, employment, food and medicine. The meadow was part of a community’s culture and social history. Today just 3% of them remain. A loss of 7.5 million acres of wild flower grassland.. a single healthy meadow can support over 80 species of wild flowers..’

First exhibited at Rodmarton Manor September 2018, where the bowl was awarded The Richard Paice Award for Contemporary Craft. The bowl went on to be exhibited at The Lapada show, Berkeley square, where it was awarded 'Best Object in Show 2018' This piece is now in a private collection.


Bluff Cove bowls

Published on Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Research and design, February 2017 for a bespoke mini bowl for retail by a client in the Falkland Islands.

These pieces feature three swirled colours and two king penguins, diving amongst giant sea kelp.


Fresh Air sculpture exhibition

June 2017
Published on Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Back in June 2017 we installed three new sculptures as part of Fresh Air 2017. Our sixth time of showing at this wonderful sculpture show.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bespoke Pendant Shades

Published on Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Bespoke pendant lamp trio.. To be installed above a handmade bar in a restored and renovated Cotswold Stone Barn. 

Sampling process,  in miniature for shade design colours and options.. the overlay leaf pattern, inspired by client logo, is chosen for final design.

Colin blows full size shades, using swedish overlay technique to acheive colour on the outside of the shades.

Making Shades.. in shades.

Blown shades are cooled overnight and drilled in the tops.

Each leaf element is drawn, cut and applied by hand to the shades surface, then each piece sandblasted, again by hand, to remove the excess colour and reveal the resulting pattern.

The shades are installed in a row of gradated colour, from Amber, through Sargasso to Eel.. finished with brass fittings and flex. A wonderful result, the colours and patterns of these unique pieces very successfully compliment the style and finish of the bespoke interior.

 


Scabious Vase

Commission
Published on Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Vase commission to celebrate a birth. The Scabious flower was chosen by the client for its particular meaning to them. 

The vase shape is low and wide, reflecting the habit of the plant and achieving balance of pattern and form. 


Published on Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

Earlier this year Glyndebourne Opera House invited us to create a collection of exclusive pieces in response to their gardens and grounds in East Sussex.

"...Glyndebourne is a unique and inspiring place and my tour of the grounds left me with a strong impression of the gardens and the sense of connection that those who visit have with the landscape..." The resulting design is inspired by the magnificent and ancient Mulberry tree that grows in the corner of the main lawn where, over the years, many picnics have taken place beneath its branches and many jars of jam made from its fruit.

The Mulberry Tree design began as a one off blown cameo vase onto which Louise drew the original sketches and developed the pattern.

Colin then blew a collection of individual lead crystal bowls that Louise hand etched using sand carving.

We are so pleased that a limited number of these pieces are now available to purchase exclusively from Glyndebourne.

https://www.glyndebourneshop.com/categories/homeware/mulberry-tree-glassware-for-glyndebourne.html?sort=newest

 


Published on Friday, 3 March, 2017

The development of new work culminates in a photography session... This collection of pieces shows our current exploration of nature inspired pattern, texture and repetition. Hand applied and sand carved to acheive layers of depth that envelop and encase the glass forms. Exhibiting at AAF Battersea March 2017


Published on Monday, 20 February, 2017

BULB
4TH FEB – 19TH MARCH
Lighting up the dark months of winter

Lighting design from across the UK, in a range of materials from concrete to glass, wood to paper and vegetable to metal

http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/main-gallery


Moth to a flame

Published on Monday, 30 January, 2017

Creating samples of these bespoke Moth to a flame candle votives has been a lovely way to start the year, bringing together pattern, form and scent. They are now ready to be filled with hand poured natural soy aromatherapy candles. We are so pleased to be collaborating with the wonderfully talented Sophia Russell of Hestias Flame. Her stunning candles are formed from 100% Soy wax which is natural and sustainable. The scents are blended from pure essential oils, not synthetic perfumes, so they will be therapeutically beneficial as well as smell wonderful.

 


Gnarly Willow

Indoor sculpture, Metal, Glass and LED Lighting
Published on Monday, 18 February, 2013

The 'Gnarly Willow' was a recent customer commission which stands at an impressive 16 feet high and has over 50 hand blown lead crystal glass leaves attached to it. There are also Led lights discreetly hidden inside the metalwork which bring the tree to life on an overcast day.

Once the pallette and samples were approved we set about creating the 50 unique glass leaves.

 

 

The metalwork was commissioned from a fantastic metal worker 'Duncan Thurlby'

 

 


La Bistrot Pierre

Plymouth
Published on Friday, 8 March, 2013

We have just finished working on these rather large lightshades for a new restaurant in Plymouth, 'La Bistrot Pierre'.

After an initial design was settled upon we set about making 7 shades.

The shades were made by a team of 4 and took 2 days to make. 

 


Chandelier

Customer commission
Published on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013

This was a fantastic commission which came about from an unfortunate breakage.

We enjoy a challenge and this was no exception. We regularly repair or remake pieces of glass but this piece was exceptional.

The clear glass bowl that we had to make was 50cm in diameter and had to be thick enough for the heavily cut pattern that needed to be applied.

The 'blank' took several attempts and a team of four to manhandle the volume of glass that was required.

The blank was delivered to one of the finest glass cutters in the uk for the elaborate pattern to be applied. 

It now rests high above a dining table in a private residence in Leicestershire.


Victoria Art Gallery

New stockist of our work in Bath
Published on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013

We welcome the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath to our list of stockists.

http://www.victoriagal.org.uk/

Fig Bowl in Silver Leaf by Louise.


Le Champignon Sauvage

The Personification of Style
Published on Tuesday, 15 January, 2013

For David Everitt- Matthias, the chef and owner of Cheltenham’s only Michelin starred restaurant, Le Champignon Sauvage, unused place settings detracted from the beautifully styled interior of his restuarant. Familiar with the work of LoCo Glass, David challenged the team to design glass plate covers to sit at these unused settings.

 
Following detailed consultation with David, Colin set to work creating an item that would reflect the status of the restaurant. Once a design was agreed, a selection of colour-ways were created and taken to the restaurant for David and his wife, Helen, to review in-situ. With real samples to hand, rather than colour charts or glass chips, the restauranteur couple were able to lay the table up as it would be using the plate covers which ensured that the final decision was one they were completely confident in.
 
LoCo Glass produced 30 bespoke, handcrafted plate covers for the restaurant and continue to work with the restaurant producing replacements as needed.
 
David said of the experience; “I have long been an admirer of Colin’s work. The pieces he creates are both elegant and timeless; in short the personification of style.”
 
 
 

Filming with Cristian Barnett

Film
Published on Wednesday, 27 February, 2013

We were very lucky to work with the talented Film Director Cristian Barnett on our new film.

After a fantastic day filming Cristian edited the footage and then comissioned songwriter Jake Wing to write the music to go with it.

The result can be viewed here; http://vimeo.com/57207942

ENJOY!