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Hampshire Open Studios another victim of coronavirus

I am sad to report that another major event in the art calendar has had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, and that is the popular Hampshire Open Studios. While August, when this popular event takes place, is a little way off, the organisers, and...
Postable gifts to say ‘thinking of you’

Postable gifts to say ‘thinking of you’

Sadly, the COVID-19 restrictions continue, with little prospect of us being able to visit friends or loved ones in the near future. While many of us can participate in video chats and phone calls, an unexpected gift through the post can...

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Koi wall art for Japanese interior

Koi wall art for Japanese interior

Koi carp are revered for their colourings and markings in Japan, as well as for their tenacity for swimming up rivers against the current. In Japan they are a symbol of good luck, representing courage, wealth and abundance, as well as...

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Stained glass Union Jack table lamp

Stained glass Union Jack table lamp

This fun Union Jack stained glass commission was the result of a request to create a modern table lamp for a lady who is mad about everything 'Union Jack'. She even has Union Jack cupboard handles...

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Stained glass shark and red goblet

Stained glass shark and red goblet

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is rising to the challenge of an interesting commission from a customer. You never know what they will ask you to make in stained glass. Here are two...

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Black Friday bargains

Black Friday bargains

Everyone likes a good deal - especially with Christmas coming up! So check out some great glass pieces in the Black Friday section of the website between 8am on Friday 29th November and midnight on...

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Repairing a stained glass window

Repairing a stained glass window

Nothing beats the beauty of real stained glass windows – with each piece of glass cut and fitted by hand, they really sparkle in the light. With different textures and undulations occurring...

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Special commission in loving memory

Special commission in loving memory

One of the things I love about my business is receiving requests from customers that are a bit different. I like to really listen to what they want – and why – and then take up the challenge of...

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My take on Tiffany

My take on Tiffany

When I was researching the market before I set up Orchid Stained Glass, I came across a competition to have glass works of art shown at the lovely Cumbrian Arts and Crafts house, Blackwell. Having...

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Steampunk stained glass lamp

Steampunk stained glass lamp

The home is a great place to express your individuality and personal tastes, whether you like a minimalist space or collect Victoriana. Whatever your interior design style, there are ornaments,...

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Unique wedding present commission

Unique wedding present commission

Another totally unique commission resulted from a request from a mother of a bride for a special wedding present for the happy couple. She wanted a gift that would reflect the surnames of the bride...

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Super submarine Christmas gift

Super submarine Christmas gift

A lovely lady asked me if I could make a very special Christmas present for her partner. He is a big music fan and, if you look at the subject of this stained glass panel, there are no prizes for...

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A heartfelt anniversary gift

A heartfelt anniversary gift

One of the more unusual gift commission requests I had was when a man brought me a pair of blue glass candlesticks. It turned out that he had bought them for his wife when they first met but...

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