INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL of GLASS – ‘Celebrity Doodle’ ‘Elvis TCB’ – May 2015.
Celebrity Doodle Project Conceived & Organised by Allister Malcolm.
Jonathan Harris, world renowned glass designer and engraver, based at the Coalport Museum in the Ironbridge Gorge, UK, has designed and hand carved three stunning ‘one off’ glass vessels for charity, featuring detailed drawings of Elvis Presley, his guitars and famous logo ‘TCB!’ The designs, which are intricately carved through multiple layers of 24ct gold and sterling silver leaf, were inspired by a ‘lightning bolt‘ doodle drawn by celebrity, Mark Hill, who was keen to be a part of this fund raising project. Amazingly, through social media these three pieces have created an enormous amount of interest from Elvis fans, music, glass lovers & Jonathan’s own private collectors, who are all looking for something completely unique. Will Farmer of Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge, has offered to auction all three pieces in the Decades of Design Auction on 24th October 2015 and will of course, be sold to the highest bidder, with all funds going to the The British Glass Foundation’s charity. www.fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk. British Glass Foundation Doodle Project
Further details below or for the full story behind the designs & creation and to receive more details regarding the cameo carving technique and further images of each piece, please email:Alison@jhstudioglass.com www.jhstudioglass.com.
Photography: Simon Bruntnell http://www.northlightphotography.co.uk/
This amazing festival took place in Stourbridge last month and as always, Jonathan Harris was happy to support this worthy cause and this year, The British Glass Foundation’s charity fund raising project, was to ask celebrities to produce a ‘doodle’ that could then be realised in glass by a team of talented glassmakers. Jonathan invited Mark Hill, antiques and glass expert & co-presenter of BBC2 ‘Collectaholics’ to draw a doodle. The inspiration for Marks ‘Lightning Bolt’ doodle came after looking through an old Bonhams auction catalogue that featured the ultimate ‘Elvis’ sale. Over 2000 lots, including his jewel encrusted jumpsuits & white Rolls Royce, went under the hammer and sold by members of the infamous Memphis Mafia, Elvis’ closest colleagues & advisors! Mark explained that leafing through the catalogue sparked memories of years gone by, as Bonhams is where his career really began, as he worked in the collectors & entertainment dept. as a junior cataloguer.
During his time there, Mark also recalls Bonhams auctioning other authentic Elvis stage clothes & TCB jewellery! So, bearing all of this in mind, Jonathan has created & hand carved these three amazing designs, incorporating Marks doodle that we hope will attract the attention of all glass, ‘Elvis’ & music fans! Each of these ‘one off’ reheat cameo and cased gräal pieces have been gilded in exorbitant amounts of 24ct gold and silver leaf (donated by Gold Leaf Supplies ltd.) Jonathan worked with Allister Malcolm & Dan Ridgway assisting at Allister’s studio, based at Broadfield House Glass Museum during the festival on Saturday 30th May and much to the delight of the crowd, together they completed the complicated final ‘reheat’ stages of these amazing ‘One off’ pieces! All of the ‘celebrity Doodle’ pieces, that also included doodles by other celebrity’s including Beverly Knight, Frankie Valley, Raymond Blanc, & Lenny Henry to name but a few, will be auctioned later in the year to raise funds for the Glass Foundation.