Jo Downs is one of the world’s most respected fused glass designers. Working from her Cornwall studio, Jo’s work draws inspiration from the beautiful coastal landscape while her advanced fusion techniques allow for the creation of abstract designs of great individuality and depth.
Along with her popular range of handmade gift ware and statement interior pieces such as wall panels and art frames, Jo has developed her studio to undertake large architectural and interior projects. This unique facility and her innovative designs have earned her commissions for cruise liners, churches, hotels and corporate headquarters. She has also enjoyed hundreds of private commissions, producing windows, mirrors, wall panels and other artworks for a variety of homes.
We will have a talk and tour of the studios. |
Charlie Bears is an international collectable teddy bear company and the bears are designed by Charlie at the Cornwall gallery. All bears are limited in production and some special collections often have very low production. Bear are handmade with their own unique characteristics (artists train for many years to hand paint some of the faces) and retailed around the world and through the television channel QVC in the UK, Germany and the US and TVSN in Australia.
The Cornwall gallery, which evolved from Charlie’s original design room, is set on two floors and features all the bears in the collection since Charlie Bears’ conception in 2006. The gallery is astonishing and hearing about the business is interesting; I have seen it myself and I am assured by my gentleman contact, who recommended both these visits, that the gallery is not just something that ladies would enjoy. We will have a short talk about Charlie Bears and then visit the gallery.