Lampshade Commission

Lampshade Commission

Adam Aaronson Glass Studio was recently approached with a commission to replace some lampshades on a 1960s light fitting. Our clients, who live in one of the charming Surrey villages a few miles to the east of our glassblowing studio in West Horsley, had visited us during one of our events during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios. They particularly liked the style of Adam’s “Fresco” vases and came back to see whether it would be possible for Adam to design some replacement shades in bright colours to reflect that body of work. As usual, Adam rose to the challenge and he was very pleased with the results as were the clients.

A few days after our clients took delivery, they very kindly sent us this image showing how they look, now that they have been attached to the light fitting. We can understand why they were so pleased with the results. We do a great deal of bespoke work on commission at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio, but on most occasions we don’t actually get a chance to see how it turns out, so this image was doubly welcome.

Waterbabies Atlantic Row

Adam Aaronson Glass Studio is supporting the terrific Waterbabies Atlantic Row.

If you’ve been watching the news, you’re probably aware that Callum Gathercole is aiming to break the world record as the youngest solo rower to cross the Atlantic and at the same time to raise an awe-inspiring £280,000 for three charities: Princess Alice Hospice, Brace, funding Research into Alzheimer’s and Brain Tumour Research. Callum and his family live in East Horsley, just a stone’s throw from our glass blowing studio in West Horsley and many of the friends we have made since our move here, including Quaich in East Horsley, are also backing Callum. If the recent weather has been getting you down, spare a thought for Callum who is out in the mid-Atlantic in somewhat worse weather conditions!

At the time of writing Callum and his fund-raising team have passed the £230,000 mark and at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio we are all very proud to have been involved with raising £1,250 towards his target. We achieved this by donating two auction prizes for special themed glassblowing events, which attracted substantial bids at the 2014 and 2015 fund-raising Balls. The first event was a once-in-a-lifetime glassblowing experience to work with Adam to create a special landscape bowl and the second was an exciting Christmas Bauble blowing session for a family group.

We were thrilled to hear that Callum and his team had added Adam’s name to the list of sponsors painted on the side of “Small and Mighty” so we really feel we are crossing the Atlantic with him and are following his progress on the race-tracker page and on Facebook.

We are already planning what to donate as this year’s auction prize for this great cause, so keep an eye on our events page for an update if you would like an opportunity to win it, but in the meantime there’s nothing to stop you popping over to Callum’s Just Giving page and making a donation.

Adam Aaronson Glass at the Mall Galleries

Adam Aaronson Glass at the Mall Galleries.

Adam will be exhibiting at the Mall Galleries with the Society of Designer Craftsmen this week and will have a selection of his recent “landscapes” on display.

Adam has also made, specially for this fair, a selection of small “beachcomber” and “fresco” vases and bowls with prices starting at £25, which make ideal Christmas presents. There will also be paperweights, birds, elephants and more!

Designer Crafts at the Mall opens on Wednesday 16th December and runs through to Sunday 20th December. The fair opens daily at 10am and on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th is open late till 7pm. On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th it is open till 5pm. On the final day, Sunday 20th the fair closes at 4pm.

There will be a preview from 5pm till 9pm on Tuesday 15th December. Admission to the preview is free and no tickets are required.

 

Make your own Blown Glass Christmas Bauble

Still a few places available, so book now!

We’ve been running our popular bauble making sessions for several years now and they’ve always been a great success, so much so that some people come back year after year!
Each place costs £35 per person and payment is required with booking.

This is an exciting, hands-on workshop where you make your own blown glass Christmas bauble to keep and treasure or give as a gift. Why not come with a group of friends and family for a fun-filled pre-Christmas outing?

The sessions last around an hour and include a demonstration from Adam, who will then work with each person to blow their own bauble in a colour of their choice. If you’d like to make two baubles, just book two places!

After your bauble experience, you can browse our shop and gallery, packed with wonderful creative Christmas gifts, and enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Available sessions:
Thursday December 10
3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 7pm
Friday December 11:
10am to 11am, 2.30pm to 3.30pm and 5pm to 6pm
Thursday December 17
3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 7pm
Friday December 18
10am to 11am, 2.30pm to 3.30pm and 5pm to 6pm

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Adam by phone or email adam@adamaaronson.com

 

The sessions take place in our studio in West Horsley:

Foxbury Barn
Epsom Road
West Horsley
Surrey, KT24 6AR
Tel: 01483 375035

 

 

Adam Aaronson at Craft in Focus RHS Wisley

Adam Aaronson at Craft in Focus RHS Wisley

We’ve been setting up for Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley which opens tomorrow, Wednesday 25th November and runs through to Sunday 29th November.

This is a super fair full of more than 150 exciting exhibitors so we are looking forward to seeing old friends there and making new ones too. Our stand number is B39 and this will be a splendid day out for visitors as the entrance fee includes access to the RHS gardens. Excellent food as well!

The fair is open from 9am to 6pm every day except on the last day, Sunday when it closes at 5pm.

We have a few vouchers that give you £2 off the entrance fee so if you would like one of these, please email adam@adamaaronson.com

Riverhouse Arts Centre Exhibition

At the Riverhouse Arts Centre Exhibition you can see some of Adam’s “Flame” sculptures.

These are exhibited as part of the Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition at the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames. The exhibition opened on Wednesday 22 July and runs until Sunday 16th August. Adam has three sculptures in the exhibition. In the main gallery, you can find the group of three turquoise flames shown here. At the foot of the stairs, in the foyer, you will find a group of two amber flames. In the cafe there is a single deep purple flame. The flames are securely attached to a steel base, using unique steel fittings designed by Adam.

Adam’s “Flame” sculptures developed from his “Stone” and “Sail” series of work. Whereas the stones and sails tend to be small objects up to around 35cm tall, the Flames are considerably larger. They are usually around 50cm and 100cm tall. “The flames are really quite massive pieces of glass to have flopping around on the end of a blowing iron. The whole making process is extremely dramatic and requires a good deal of planning and coordination”, Adam says.

Recently a group of nine flames were installed by Adam in a private spa in the South of France. The beautiful transparency of the sculptures perfectly captures the nuances of the Mediterranean light.

Adam is participating in this exhibition at the Riverhouse Arts Centre not only as an exhibitor, but also as the exhibition designer. He very much enjoyed helping to put the whole show together. Adam comments: “From the outset, I noticed that there were some distinct themes emerging in the work submitted. In particular my eye was immediately caught by spirals, animals, children and dancers.  So my aim was to group the work in little enclaves within the gallery.”

 

Surrey Artists Open Studios coming up in June!

Adam will be throwing open the doors to his glassblowing Studio in June to mark his third year participating in the Surrey Artist Open Studios programme.

Visitors will be able to watch glassblowing demonstrations and browse through our on-site gallery. Adam is also offering short “taster” courses in glassmaking for those who would like to have a go! These courses are very popular so please call to book up soon.

Visits and demonstrations are free of charge. Taster courses cost £40 per person for a session which lasts up to an hour and a half, with a maximum of 10 people. You will be able to choose your favorite colour and choose to make a paperweight, bird or heart.

Open days, demonstration times and taster course dates below:

DateTime
Open daySaturday June 6th10am to 5pm
Open daySunday June 7th10am to 5pm
Taster courseThursday June 11th2:30pm to 4pm
DemonstrationsThursday June 11th6pm to 8pm
Taster courseFriday June 12th11am to 12:30pm
DemonstrationsFriday June 12th3:30pm to 5pm
Open daySaturday June 13th10am to 5pm
Open daySunday June 14th10am to 5pm
Taster courseThursday June 18th2:30pm to 4pm
DemonstrationsThursday June 18th6pm to 8pm
Taster courseFriday June 19th11am to 12:30pm
DemonstrationsFriday June 19th3:30pm to 5pm
Open daySaturday June 20th10am to 5pm
Open daySunday June 21st10am to 5pm

www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk