Sue will be holding a one-off week-long summer sale starting on Saturday 17th August to raise money and awareness for her Mexico trip.
The sale will feature some of Sue’s signature pieces from her various collections over the years as well as more modestly priced giftware from her collectible hearts, candleholders and glass jewellery.
Sue Parry, of Sue Parry Glass Designs, located in The Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston, is flying out for a 4 month creative inspirational adventure to Guanajuato, Mexico in October 2013.
A Stourbridge landmark and destination for glass-makers from all over the world, and host every 2 years to the International Glass Festival, The Ruskin Glass Centre is home to some of the UK’s most creative and innovative glass artists. Foremost amongst these is Sue Parry who has been resident in her large studio there for over 7 years.
Sue moved from Windsor to Stourbridge in 2003, and studied at The National Glass Centre in Brierley Hill, after abandoning a high-flying job as a treasury analyst at Honda to start a completely new career in glass-making. She chose Stourbridge as it was the home of the UK’s glass industry stretching was back into the 1800’s and was still the prestigious
flag-waver for the UK glass industry. Sue was one of the first artists to set up a studio at Ruskin in 2005.
Sue’s speciality is sand-casting where molten glass is poured into a mould and takes up colours and textures and can then actually be handled by Sue at 1200C with heat-resistant gloves to be manipulated into exotic shapes. In this medium she was invited to be Artist in Residence in 2009 at the world renowned Eisch Glassworks in Frauenau, Germany, in 2009. Sue has also created commissions for some very prestigious corporate clients as well as selling to the public from her studio.
In keeping with her thirst for innovation and new creative ideas Sue is heading out to Guanajuato, Mexico, to live and work with artists and creative studios there to expand her horizons. Guanajuato, 7000ft up in the Sierra Madre Mountains, is the cultural and artistic centre of Mexico. At one time in the 1800’s it supplied one third of the world’s silver and built prestigious homes, churches and theatres to reflect this wealth. Each October it is home to the Cervantino Festival, the largest cultural festival in Latin America. Cervantino is a month long international extravaganza of art, music, dance and culture that attracts contributors from all over the world.
Sue said, ‘The vibrancy of the colours, the costumes and the art in Mexico will inspire a whole new exciting collection in 2014 that I will be creating in my local studio. For those who want to follow my journey and experiences I will be posting a blog of my experiences on my website www.sueparry.co.uk and social media pages.’
Sue will be holding a one-off week-long summer sale starting on Saturday 17th August to raise money and awareness for her Mexico trip. The sale will feature some of Sue’s signature pieces from her various collections over the years as well as more modestly priced giftware from her collectible hearts, candleholders and glass jewellery.
Both Ruskin and Sue are looking forward to a busy weekend and following week. Sue will be there in person to chat and talk more about her trip and present her work to visitors. Come along and support local industry and artists and help Sue on her way to her very exciting trip to Mexico!