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South West Branch GGE News
Sue Burne - Secretary
Rob Page - Treasurer
On Sunday 31st January the South West Branch met in the Village Hall at West Buckland near Wellington in Somerset for a workday run by Guild Fellow Amanda Lawrence. A lot of members were able to attend and we were all treated to an excellent talk and the opportunity to play with a new technique. Amanda was inspired some time ago to do an in depth study of her own home area in the beautiful Slad Valley in Gloucestershire. This will be somewhere familiar to fans of the works of Laurie Lee, who wrote of its charms in such works as "Cider with Rosie".
After many walks in the valley, which often necessitated special permission to walk on private land, Amanda created a large body of work using a number of different glass techniques. We were treated to a fascinating talk with images both of the valley itself and the lovely and varied pieces she has created.
Amanda likes to do more than engrave her glass and has successfully expanded her skills into fusing, slumping and enameling. The South West members were able to play and experiment with engraving on some little pieces of coloured enameled glass which she brought along for us and then fired in her small portable kiln. It was a fun and inspiring day.
Our next meeting is Sunday May 29th which will be our AGM and a troubleshooting session. Members to bring along food to share for that meeting as we always do at our AGM work day.
The Branch is growing and has recently gained several new members. If you would like more information please contact me on Burnecrafts@aol.com
Tel: 01278 722706