Category Archives: Clarence Valley

Distractions, but some progress…

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Progress on Su’s desk has been somewhat disrupted…

First – the Clarence River Arts Festival consumed a good deal of time – the best part of a whole week.

Second – the dreaded influenza came round to visit us.  First time for years either of us have been affected by the bug – no kids at school, none of the usual exposure to carriers…  But this year, the flu laid both of us low.

Third – I needed to build a shadow box to display a piece by Donna Greenberg.  I think it turned out pretty well. Su is most impressed!

Fourth – I’ve been called on to make a small trophy or plaque as a gift of thanks for the organisers of the CRAF…

But I have made a little progress on the desk – flattening more panels in preparation for making the drawer cases….



A couple of seconds…


The Clarence River Arts Festival is all over, done and dusted for another year!

We picked a couple of second place prizes – Su followed last year’s win in the competitive Jewellery section a second place for her Green and Tangerine Hollows necklace – see below:


You can see more of Su’s work here –

I picked up a second in Sculpture with my carved camphor wood entry.  I was at a loss as to what to call the piece – eventually I settled on ‘Hollow Man’.  However the judge seemed to like – or didn’t care about the name…  Happy with that – its always good to get recognition, especially as there are some very good sculptors on the entry list!


This year I didn’t enter the Woodwork section – for two reasons:-  first, I was the Woodwork Steward for the exhibition, and second, I didn’t have anything spare!

It has been a very busy few days, and last night I was one very tired puppy!  But all in all, I am more than happy.  Special credit needs to go the staff and students of the Maclean High School and to the members of the Clarence Valley Woodworkers Association.



The Eye of Moebius…


This sculpture was originally prepared for the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association (LCACA) annual 8×8 Exhibition.  The theme of the show was ‘In my minds eye’.  The exhibition required that all pieces be on an 8×8 (20cm by 20cm) canvas, supplied by the LCACA.   I didn’t care for the base, so after the show, this piece was retrofitted with a new base…


Clarence River Women in Art

Yesterday was the opening of the ‘Clarence Valley Women in Art’ Exhibition – and Su’s work is included…

Yesterday afternoon, the ‘Clarence River Women in Art Exhibition kicked off at the Yamba Museum. The exhibition features 60 artists who live and work in the Clarence River valley. The show is the result of a lot of hard work and organisation by Debra Novak, aided and abetted by Bob and Marea Buist. The exhibition runs from 12-December, […]

via Clarence River Women in Art — Su Bishop Glass Art

Jack’s Box

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Jack Masen was born and bred around Grevillia, a small town north of Kyogle on the upper reaches of the Richmond River.  Jack went most of his working life in sawmills, looking after the machinery.

Jack lived next door when we moved on to our block – he was getting on, and his health wasn’t good, but he liked a yarn.  I enjoyed Jack.  Jack lived there with his wife Veeva, son Shane and his partner Shelley, and Shelley’s granddaughter Jenaya.

Earlier this year, Jack passed away.  Shane and Shelley were looking for a box for Jack’s ashes.  Jack was a timber man, so I made him a box with local timbers –  Redgum, with Red Cedar and Jacaranda on the top panel, lined with Silky Oak (grevillia robusta) and Camphor Laurel floor.  I also used two small inlays of the ornamental Grevillia Yamba Sunshine – these came from a large branch that fell across our boundary fence, outside of Jack’s window.

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Vale Jack Masen.

Lots of Boxes… and some vases


At the end of October, the Clarence Valley Jacaranda trees burst into bloom – and it’s time for the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival.

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The Lower Clarence Valley based Northern Rivers Woodworkers Association hold their annual show and presentations in conjunction with the Jacaranda Festival.  The show is in part the completion for awards, and partly market, where club members can offer goods for sale.  This year, there were 24 stall holders, offering over 1700 items for sale, with a total value in excess of $70,000.

I entered three of the competition classes, and put together a display table.  As usual, completing goods for display at the Jacaranda festival tends to be a last minute affair.  This year, we made a bunch of small dovetailed boxes, and we put some of Su’s glass flowers on top.  This was not an original idea – we stole the idea from Deb Dunmkerton, a glass worker colleague of Su’s.  And we called them ‘Deborah Boxes’.

We also had a couple of small turned vases in various woods – these also got some glass flowers, a selection of small turned dishes, and some gum leaf shaped bookmark / letter openers.  And to fill the display, I added a couple of items that were Not for Sale – a small side table,  a chair and some turned plates.

This was my first time at the Jacaranda Festival show.  Happy with the display!

And we sold one of the boxes on the opening night!

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