Two North Yorkshire glassmakers have combined old and new techniques to create a unique portrait of Teesdale.

The work by Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones Barnard Castle’s Bowes Museum from 10 February to 13 May in an exhibition entitled A Portrait of Place.

The pair create cameo glass, with Mr. Gillies mouth-blowing the basic form, applying layers of fine colour using Swedish overlay.

Ms. Jones then decorated the piece using sandblasting and wheel engraving.

In total, nine pieces are featured in A Portrait of Place which were inspired by aerial views of Barnard Castle and the surrounding area; taken from digital satellite images through the seasons.

“The landscapes of Teesdale have long been an inspiration to artists including John Sell Cotman and JMW Turner,” Ms Jones said. “Our exploration and portrait of the area uses a different perspective: digital satellite imaging, which enables a new view of the landscape, revealing the geology, rivers systems and layers of human endeavour, carved into the land and overlaid for millennia.”

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