Tag Archives: Emma Mackintosh

The past and the future

I was given a copy of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas by my uncle. Having been given The Hobbit, which I hated, the previous year, I wasn’t too thrilled with yet another Tolkien book. (In my defence, I was far … Continue reading

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Puzzles and parallels

The history of lampworking is fascinating. Like many trades, glass working has been affected by social conditions and politics through time. In addition, and for a number of reasons, the skills, techniques and recipes have often been closely guarded secrets, … Continue reading

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Drink with me

I have always loved the Baba Yaga stories, and truth be told, I have always rather liked the old witch herself. She isn’t always bad – like Ruebezahl, she is fickle – and in any case, I’ve always had a … Continue reading

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Opening the jar

I’m going to pretend that I’ve crept over into October with good reason. It isn’t quite true, but the theme of my piece does fit with a theme of October. To be pedantic, the better translation for Pandora’s box is … Continue reading

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Ups and downs

Well, I did it. I made something that made me smile. Actually, I made several things, and they all made me smile. I hope they will make you smile too. They are quite different to my usually quite restrained and … Continue reading

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Imagine this..

Well, for August I have chosen Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince. I wanted to do a fairy tale by Wilde because when I first read these, my own children were young and I loved the stories. Having re-read them now, … Continue reading

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A god of glass

As seems often to be the way with slightly longer courses, while in Germany we were required to think about and produce a ‘final piece’… something with meaning, preferably mixed-media, using the techniques we learnt during the course. Since I … Continue reading

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A reply, and another situation vacant

First the reply: Dear Sir, I read with interest your advertisement for mice. I am only one mouse but I come from a large family and 5 of my brothers have also expressed a desire to respond to this post. … Continue reading

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Less than the sum of the parts

When I chose Cinderella, I found myself getting excited by all sorts of ideas. Moving glass figures, ugly sisters with Corpse Bride style faces, clocks, pumpkins and carriages… broomsticks and fires, dancehalls and winged creatures (a very early Greek version … Continue reading

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A Dance to the music of Time

And so to June, and Cinderella. I have just bought a retro musical box from ebay, complete with dancing figurine. Anyone who knows me might be a little surprised by this, and even more surprised by my delighted reaction when … Continue reading

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