1982 to 2012

   celebrating 30 years in York

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    Thirty30

                        in 2011 and 2012 we asked customers to write in a visitors book

                                        celebrating of 30 years of Pyramid Gallery

                                                        thank you all for contibutions recorded below

                   

                                                   click here to read the history of Pyramid Gallery

                                                   click a page below to read customer comments......

                                     thank you all who put an entry in our book, more to be added soon

                                                

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'Close' fused, slumped pate de verre glass

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'Guarded' ' fused, slumped pate de verre glass

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'Nude' detail, fused glass panel

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'Female Head' fused glass panel

 

 

 

 

 

    GRIET BEYEART

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  Robert Feather

John & Dawn Field

Naomi James

Julia MacGregor

Valerie Mead

Michael Peckitt

Faith Tavender

Karen Thomas

Alison Varley

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The Ascent 2011 95 x 36cm Glass,frit,copper,sterling silver

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Contemplation 2011. 92 x 48cm. Glass, frit,copper,silver Aluminium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 earrings with pink tourmaline £66.50

 

 

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      AMANDA NOTORIANNI

Statement

Amanda Notarianni designs and makes distinctive contemporary glass. Using traditional glass making techniques she creates unique hand blown sculptural forms.  Amanda enhances her sleek free blown pieces using skilful cold working processes such as cutting, carving and polishing to create surface patterns and textures, which hold light and magnify reflections.

Initially inspired by microscopic images of plankton, her work is now evolutionary, with each piece informing the next.

“Molten glass is such a dynamic material to work with. I really enjoy the challenge of working with a material that continuously pushes me to develop skills and understanding.”

Amanda’s innovative ultra modern pieces are hand made to commission with projects undertaken ranging from public art commissions, to architectural lighting and one off sculptural vessels. Amanda exhibits internationally and has pieces in both private and public collections.

Achievements

Crafts Council selected for Origin, Chelsea Crafts Fair and Artisan.                     

Attended Masterclass at Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland                             2005

Set up Glass blowing studio with Charlie Macpherson                                         2003

Demonstrator Glass Symposium Leerdam in Holland                                          1998 - 2002

Set up Cold working studio                                                                                2001

Scholarship for Creative Summit Conference                                                      1999

Participant of International Glass Symposium, Novi Bor, Czech Republic                         1997

Safety Certificate in heat processes metal and wood working machinery              1992

 

 

Experience

Amanda has been trading as Notarianni glass since 1998. Prior to this she worked in various studios across the UK, gaining valuable experience in both production and ‘one off’ artistic glass making environments. Amanda also demonstrated glass making at The World of Glass, St Helens during 2000 and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland 1998 - 1999.

 

Lecturing

Associate Lecturer in 3D design at Manchester Metropolitan University    2005 - 2007

Visiting Lecturer at Stoke University – Cold Processes                            2001

Teaching fusing glass in secondary schools                                           2000 - 2004

Running and teaching adult fusing and Sand casting workshops                         2001 - 2008

 

Qualifications

BA in 3D Design Glass and Ceramics 2:1 Hons Sunderland University

 

 

 

 

 

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. John & Dawn Field

Naomi James

Julia MacGregor

Valerie Mead

Michael Peckitt

Faith Tavender

Karen Thomas

Alison Varley

 
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      KAREN THOMAS

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Karen Thomas is a jewellery designer and maker, originally from the Midlands, who has been living and working in York for over fourteen years. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Jewellery (UCE) in 1998 with a BA(hons) degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. She has worked in a busy trade workshop and taught jewellery making at a local college and school, while also producing her own designs. She now concentrates solely on creating her beautiful, wearable ranges of jewellery, limited editions, one off pieces and commissions. She uses traditional jewellery making techniques;  mainly working in silver, sometimes in gold. She sells her work through galleries across Europe.

I love the process of creating functional, wearable pieces of jewellery, be it constructing a mount for an unusual stone or handcrafting a master, making a mould and running off waxes in order to generate cast units so I can produce ranges of silver jewellery that are affordable.

 My designs are inspired by the world around me. Whilst studying in Birmingham many of my pieces echoed the city’s industrial past. Now in North Yorkshire I take inspiration from the landscape and its colours. I am particularly drawn to the natural forms of the dramatic North East coastline. This is clearly evident in my Silver Shell Collection which comprises four ranges created with solid silver castings made using moulds of actual shells. Also the chunky claw set Pebble Collection which celebrates the natural beauty of the shapes and colours of the seashore. In contrast, living in the beautiful, historic city of York has also had an impact on my work, some of my designs reflecting the shapes and forms seen in the magnificent architecture.

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  Naomi James

Julia MacGregor

Valerie Mead

Michael Peckitt

Faith Tavender

Karen Thomas

Alison Varley

 

 
                 
 

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      NAOMI JAMES

Naomi was born and educated in Sussex. She graduated in Jewellery at Middlesex Polytechnic and then worked as an assistant technician at the Royal College of Art. After two years as a self employed jeweller working at Jess James, W1, she travelled in Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, India and Nepal. Since then she has worked as a self employed jeweller, and was manager of the National Theatre Dazzle exhibition in 2001 and 2002.

Naomi has worked in a variety of materials since she started making jewellery at the age of 14. She has always designed as she works, allowing the making process to inspire the final design. Most of the pieces are made using simple hand tools and she enjoys the fact that a lot of her jewellery can still be made in this way.

She has frequently used embossing in her work. Earlier designs involved piercing patterns into stainless steel which was then rolled with silver. Recent work began with picking up feathers in the park with her young son – she found that despite their delicate appearance they could be transformed into a solid form by embossing into silver. She then experimented further with dried flowers, leaves and leaf skeletons and found that an amazing amount of detail was picked up on the silver, which she then complemented with touches of 18 carat gold. Some designs include coloured semi-precious stones.

Other elements of her work have evolved through experimentation with the textures that can be achieved with hammering metal. She uses a variety of hammers to create surfaces and marks that alter the way light is reflected. She likes the feeling that the metal appears to have been aged by beating it with a rusty hammer – like something that may have been dug up.

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      MICHAEL PECKITT

Never to fade, never to be replicated, each hand-made individually designed piece holds its own unique beauty. Hand-made designer jewellery is shaped from anodised aluminium with fittings handcrafted from sterling silver. High quality materials are used in my vibrant designer jewellery and very wearable jewellery accessories.

Trained in fine art painting, by hand I work colour into highly polished pieces of jewellery. My designer jewellery is recognised as dynamic wearable art. Aluminium is anodised to accept dyes and is hand-shaped into very fashionable bangles, bracelets and pendants.

Focused on fine art rather than the applied arts, as a painter I use my sense and sensibilities avoiding pattern. My design is in shaping this creativity into subtle curves.

I do hope that you enjoy wearing my very wearable art available in more than 100 outlets and on line.

www.michaelpeckitt.com

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JULIA MACGREGOR

Julia studied Jewellery and Silversmithing (BA Hons) at Loughborough College of Art in the early 1980s before setting up her workshop in York where she later became proprietor of Pyramid.

She was then lured over the Pennines, married and set up her workshop on the Wirral.

Coastal walks with the backdrop of the distant Welsh hills never cease to inspire and influence Julia’s silverwork.

 

1984 BA(Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, Loughborough College of Art and Design

1984 - 1989 Workshop in York, trading as Julia Parker Jewellery

1986 - 1989 Proprietor of Pyramid Contemporary Design gallery, York

1989 - 1993 Opened workshop on the Wirral

2003 - 2005 City and Guilds Embroidery

2007 Re-established workshop on Wirral

 

Outlets

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

Counter Culture, Chester

Northern Lights, Keswick

Primavera, Cambridge

 

Exhibitions

2009 The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn

2009 Dee Fine Arts, Heswall

2010 Staacks, West Kirby

2011 Pyramid, York

 

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MJMAN Merseyside Jewellers and Metal Artists Network

2005-2008 TX: Textile Exhibiting Group

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      SARAH PACKINGTON

Sarah Packington designs and makes striking modern acrylic and silver jewellery in her Brighton workshop. Her current collection includes earrings, bangles, necklaces and cufflinks

 

 

 

 

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VALERIE MEAD

Valerie Mead designs and makes elegant and wearable contemporary jewellery in silver and gold. New pieces are added each year to a collection of finely textured silver jewellery which features tiny details in rose gold. This collection is available direct from her workshop or via craft galleries and exhibitions throughout the UK.

Individually commissioned pieces are designed and made in gold or silver for special occasions; eg. wedding, engagement and partnership rings, birthday and anniversary presents etc. Customers’ own ideas can be incorporated into the design.

Inspiration for these clean cut designs often comes from observations of architectural and man-made items. Simplicity of line is the aim.

Valerie trained at Sheffield Polytechnic School of Art and Design, followed by a Goldsmiths’ Company Graduate Apprenticeship and a Residency at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Berkshire. She works from her own studio in Oxford. Visitors are welcome by appointment.

 

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Seismic Bowl

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Multi Nougat Bowl

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    WILL SHAKSPEARE

Educated at Taunton School, then Somerset College of Design and Technology and West Surrey College of Art and Design, BA Hons. 3D Glass

Currently: Tutor, Bucks College of Higher Education
Consultant for Oxfam in Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador
Masterclass Tutor at Biennale Glass Festival
Consultant for Fair Trade Organisation and Tradecraft in Bolivia

Shakspeare Glass was set up in 1988 and moved to the current premises in Taunton in 1991.

" I make a wide range of different designs which are constantly evolving. I deliberately design glass with a random factor, an aspect that is beyond my control. I try and use colour so that it affects the final shape of the piece in a natural and fluid way. In doing this I have to work with the glass rather than completely imposing my own constrictions.

I have many influences. Rock pools and water are constant factors in the Tableaux pieces. The glorious rich blues and greens of the Pembrokeshire shoreline and the silky pinks and golds of the Mediterranean Islands inspire the Nougat range, a tiny spider's nest - a collection of perfume bottles named Sputnik, and the textiles of South America - the Agate and Opal ranges.

 

 

 

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'Golden Green' oil on canvas £285

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'The Athlete' oil on canvas £265

 

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'Sand and Shore' Oil on canvas 70 x 35 cm £240

 

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'Javelin' Oil on canvas £265

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'Blue Ice' 70 x 35cm £240

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'Watcher of the Lake' oil on canvas £350

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'Blue Stone' oil on canvas in Isabel's studio £350

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'Frozen in Time,' 70 x 35 cm oil on canvas, £240

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'Flame ' 29 x 40 cm £95

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'Full Fathom Five' oil on canvas

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'Red Diamond' oil on canvas

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'Red and Gold' oil on canvas

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'untitled at time of press - but something related to Water, we think' Oil on Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      DAVID BAUMFORTH

 

David Baumforth is an internationally respected painter. His paintings are for enjoyment. He paints the things and places he loves - the North Yorkshire coast, it's hinterland, and Andalucia - always striving to paint the truth. He believes that work must have intellect and be carried out with as much skill as possible, but in the end it is the viewer that must judge. He was born in York, and is self-taught. His work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries in the UK and Europe.

"Anyone who has an eye for art, the deep passionate colour of Turner, the pure loving observations of Constable must rejoice that our century has David Baumforth. This work is ‘The real thing’, wet with sea spray we can feel, fresh with gust of wind, always mysterious, always beautiful: art to be cherished”. - Sister Wendy Beckett, Art Historian and Broadcaster

"Baumforth makes no claims for his work. Like many honest artists of skill and belief he just gets down to it and paints the places he loves to the best of his ability knowing that, in the end, the work must speak for itself. Uncomplicated and deeply moving"

David Lee, Editor of the Jackdaw, Art Critic and Broadcaster

 

 

 

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ALISON VARLEY

Alison Varley uses a traditional 'forging' techniques to make individual and unique works of art in silver and gold. We like these at Pyramid Gallery because there is no way to reproduce these except at the hands of a time served artisan. The process is physically demanding and requires artistic talent as well as knowledge about the materials used.

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