I trade as Shedglas Design, but I am Cathi, and my occupation is working with stained glass. It covers several fields from making giftware, teaching and working on commissions for buildings.
In my introductory workshops I teach the basic traditions to make leaded and copper foil panels, and this is how I started, in a small village hall for one day. And I was hooked! All my career has been in the arts world, starting with a printmaking degree at college I later became involved with a silkscreen printing studio where we produced hand-crafted limited edition prints for artists and publishers.
When I discovered stained glass I was ready for something new and after spending some time developing my techniques and learning by much trial and error I decided to take the plunge and concentrate on just that field.
I knew I had to get out there, so I started taking stalls at craft events, and that is how I got involved with the Stamford Artisans Guild. Painting and printmaking can be rather insular worlds and I soon realised how much I enjoyed talking to people about my work and getting reactions, everything that you build upon.
Most of my commission work comes from people who I meet at these events and I love doing these commissions. The design work, the communication, sorting out problems, my creative side feeds upon all these and so I feel help me to continue going forward. By tackling new projects you learn all the time.
It was through these events that I started the introductory workshops, since so many people showed an interest. That is another new side of myself that I have discovered, that I enjoy teaching the subject. From the start I decided to keep the groups small so I can try to give everyone close attention through out the day.
I make various gift items to sell at the craft events, sun-catchers and mirrors, candle-boxes and necklaces, Christmas decorations when the time is right. I try to keep things moving. I always say that it is my way of playing, I want to keep enjoying it. And this is how I promote all the areas of Shedglas Design.
I have a website www.shedglas.co.uk where there are details of workshops and events that I am attending. I think it is also so important to meet people face to face. I am selling my work, but I am also selling myself.
I am Shedglas Design.