Let LAVA Flow !

Brooche made by Jennie Merritt 2015

Brooche made by Jennie Merritt 2015

Yes, it is hard to believe, but we are now into our third year at  LAVA.

The Gallery and Studio have had nothing but support from the day we opened, from the public and artists alike. My vision was not a cloudy one.

Bunbury and the South West of Western Australia have been amazing with their support and there is nothing better than meeting new people every day and sharing in my passion for glass ūüôā

On a business level, as to be expected there would always be things that would need adjusting as you go.

We utilised every form of advertising we could that was suitable and believe I now know where my advertising dollar is best spent. Naturally it was the last part of the plan.LAVA LOGO.jpg BELLEN Website

Our primary goal with the comprehensive marketing strategy was to build the LAVA brand and we believe this is well on its way. Despite the current economic environment and having an extremely niche market in a rural town, the business grows and we am feeling very positive for the future.

We all need something new and alive in our lives and that is what LAVA does, provides the colour, energy and inspiration to travel through our life.

So, why do we feel so positive? Well, apart from still feeling focused and energised there are of course as many factors and reasons  as there are facets to LAVA. These include:

  1. Consistent growth in sales
  2. Regular return customers
  3. Destination shoppers from Perth and nearby areas
  4. Interstate tourists who have heard of ‚ÄėLAVA‚Äô
  5. Internet sales
  6. Growth in classes, workshops & courses
  7. Growth in commissions
  8. Need to employ more staff to assist
  9. Confidence and pride of local community

These were all goals that are on the five year plan and we are delighted that LAVA has achieved this in the first two years.

The LAVA Gallery now boasts forty artists work exhibited regularly. Every artist is as different and as diverse as the possibilities of glass.

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So that’s¬†the update, my next blog will be on one of the varied techniques in art glass!

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Post Exhibition Synopsis

It was really lovely to share with the local community artworks made by people who had learnt some format of Art Glass from the LAVA Studio.

Holding the opening during the day was a huge success and something that I would certainly do again.

Live music added to the atmosphere and the vibe was a curious one.

We demonstrated a raking technique and it re enforced why I love glass. The gasps from the viewers so rewarding and grounding. Small things we tend to forget when we become engrossed with what we do. Like how exciting it was the first time we experience things, the reason why we do them.

The Gallery was busy all day and as I looked around at the crowed and saw the smiling engaging and interested faces of people I knew that people were enjoying the glass. Strangers chatted and shared glass experiences, sales were made and the local area had a vibe. Yes, I was a happy LAVA Lady.

Exhibitions of any kind are daunting, putting yourself out there for critique, so I was very proud of the locals who exhibited. No ones work was out of place.

So ,Yes, we are planning our next exhibition. A solo exhibition…….

Stay tuned!Image

Things are ramping up at LAVA

Hi there,

Well, the new year is well underway and things are ramping  up ( pardon the pun, a glass term ) at the LAVA Gallery & Studio.

The Gallery has now twenty-seven Western Australian Glass Artists.

From opening the Gallery in April 2013 to now, there are now fifteen new glass artist who exhibit their work.

I have been very careful to not double up on style, to keep the variety true and the quality and ethos of the Gallery is intact.

These really are exciting times!!  Daily I enjoy the flurry of people who come into the Gallery and enjoy the diversity of color and technique.

There is NOTHING more complimentary than having a group of young¬† people come into the Gallery and move around saying ‘ wow, how cool is this!’¬† for me that makes me smile and glow…. the ultimate compliment!!

Christmas was a wonderful experience for the Gallery. We had no real expectations as being a new business there was nothing to measure against. But, what I can say is that a lot of local folk in the South West of Perth and beyond did receive an Art Glass present for Christmas from ‘Art that Flows….’ Christmas decorations were very popular as were gift vouchers and family hand castings.

Thank you to all the Artists for their support of the LAVA Gallery!

Post Christmas, things are quieter, but not dead…… in the Gallery but the Studio is full on with teaching classes and commissions.
Not to mention I have a new piece of studio equipment…..very exciting…… a new bigger kiln, can’t wait to fire him up.

So, that’s the wrap up for now and I shall leave you with some new work in the LAVA Gallery.

Red Murine Vase by Laurie Fossier-Mills

Red Murrini Cylinder

A Rainy Day by Janine Koefoed

Rainy Days panel 47x20cm

                                

Thank you for stopping by and please, stay tuned for some new work from the LAVA Lady¬† out of my new kiln ūüôā¬†

Brenda 100411 copy