We're delighted to introduce the work of young British artist Madeleine Hughes.
Born in Brighton, I was brought up in Newport, South Wales.
Displaying an inclination for art at a very young age, I was introduced to the creative and performing arts throughout my childhood. I pursued classical ballet, circus and stage performance as well as extra-curricular art classes throughout my school years.
By the time I left secondary school, my focus was on fine art and whilst studying for a foundation diploma in art at the Arts University Bournemouth, I discovered a love for three-dimensional work, which led me to experiment with different materials. Intrigued by the versatility of glass and particularly by the enormous range of colours that can be achieved by the interplay with light and reflections, I completed a course at the Creative Glass Guild Bristol which left me hungry for more experience with glass.
Shortly afterwards I attended a taster session in glass blowing at London Glassblowers under the tuition of Louis Thompson and was immediately hooked by the mesmerising qualities of molten glass.
Since then it has been my driving ambition to acquire the skills of a master glass blower and I am never happier than when in a hot shop.
I feel particularly fortunate to have found the area in which I want to focus and to which I want to devote my attention. I am passionate about hot glass and driven by a desire to harness the unique qualities of the material which lend themselves so well to artistic expression.
My work therefore, is often led by process and technique as I like to spend most of my time in the hot shop, learning to master new skills and techniques which I ultimately incorporate into my own designs. The aesthetics of a piece are very important to me and I like to take time to achieve a quality of finish which enhances my design.
We are delighted to be part of the Handmade Oxford- International Contemporary Arts Festival, taking place at Waterperry Gardens from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th June.
Previously the home of internationally-renowned Art in Action for 40 years (1977 – 2016), the festival will take place across a series of marquees on the lawns in front of Waterperry House, complemented by large-scale outdoor sculptures installed throughout the gardens and open-air evening theatre at the venue’s amphitheatre.
Join thousands of art lovers and celebrate art, craft, design, sculpture and artisan food from over 250 individual exhibitors, together with a packed programme of workshops, talks and demonstrations.
Thursday 27th June 10.00-6.00/ VIP event 6.00-9.00
Friday 28th June 10.00-6.00
Saturday 29th June 10.00-6.00
Sunday 30th June 10.00-6.00
If you would like to join us on Stand L2, please email us at email@example.com for your special access code, giving complimentary entry throughout the weekend.
For further information, visit the shows website at https://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/events/handmade-oxford/
We’re looking forward to being part of the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show this summer, taking place from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st July.
Set in the magnificent parklands of Tatton Park in Cheshire, the show features innovative & inspirational show gardens, stunning plant displays, family activities, have-a-go workshops, live entertainment & music and beautiful boutique shopping, all wrapped up in a vibrant carnival atmosphere.
The show isn’t just for plant lovers but for friends and family alike.
We’re excited to be part of this prestigious show, now in its 21st year and would love you to join us on Stand 864 in the Country Living Pavilion.
The show is open as follows:
Wednesday 17th July: 10.00-18.30 (RHS members only)
Thursday 18th July: 10.00-18.30
Friday 19th July: 10.00-18.30
Saturday 20th July: 10.00-18.30
Sunday 21st July: 10.00-17.00
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.rhs.org.uk