New Blue

As many of you know, I love blue glass.

To my delight, when wandering through The Covered Market yesterday, I spied these two paperweights in the window of a charity shop.
Not bad for £1 each!

I adore the blue shadows they cast.

Attrill’s a Natural!

A few weeks or so ago, I sent the talented Toby Attrill (Natural Attrill) some charms, and beads that had belonged to Grandma Gertie.

He’s made me two wonderful pieces, which are very ME. I almost cried when I opened the parcel.

I think that Toby has a great future ahead of him.

[Annie may recognise the sea otters :-)]

Playing with myself…

Here is lovely me (perhaps I should get a contact lense…?)…

Hmm, don’t like this very ‘News of the World’

How about a healthy glow?

Or a message from inside the perfume bottle?

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Scary Leo

This is a pic of my school friend Jo’s, son Leo (taken at the 2006 Eynsham Beer Festival).

I’ve had a play with the contrast and colour saturation (I do LOVE that bleu).

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More Blue

I seem to like long and thin pictures – maybe because they’d make good postcards.

I can see why Rowan keep this bottle long after the perfume had gone.

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Annie’s Necklace – My Necklace

I went to see Sue’s exhibition this afternoon. As well as Sue’s paintings there was some lovely glass jewelry for sale (such jewelry is a weakness of mine). Knowing this, my friend Annie made me this beautiful necklace and gave it to me for Christmas.

There’s nothing like being made something is there? As you can see it’s in my fave blue glass, with lots of little in-jokes around our friendship. Here is St. Lucy to symbolise me (luckily the medal is small enough the eyes on a plate she’s carrying aren’t obvious).

Here is a heart for Annie and the love we share.

And a teapot and spoon clasp – because i) I drink a LOT of tea and ii) that’s what we seem to do most when we get together.

But most of all, it just a lovely thing. I love how the light shines through it to cast blue shadows.

Slovenly Blue

Not much sun today, so I decided just to go deeper into blue.

While I was phtographing this vase I realise that the spider’s web inside looked quite amazing through the glass.

I also liked the double glass effect through the window into the garden outside.

However, this one I love. Despite showing not only a spider’s web, but a decayed leaf and a bit of feather duster in the vase (I am not a natural house keeper).
I’m really pleased with the colour gradation down the sides, the flash of pink and the way the leaf seems to be suspended in mid-air.

Blue, Blue Electric Blue

I have a ‘lost chord’ blue – the blue of late summer nights around midnight. I have been trying to find it in blue glass for years.

The search for the elusive blue became bound up with a fascination with how the glass reflected the light and cast beautiful blue shadows. Marc Chagall’s blue stained glass at Reims cathedral was a revelation.

The glass itself is sexy – texture, the odd bubble.

But most of all I love how it bends and twists the light.

As through water, we see the world, but not the world because of reflection and refraction.

I’m not quite sure where this is going yet, but now we have the light evenings I am determined to explore my blue world, perhaps starting with shadows.