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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Rococo Garden, Painswick, Gloucestershire

I am very fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of England, surrounded by such pretty places to visit. One of these is the Rococo Garden in Painswick, a small Gloucestershire village. Discovered almost by accident, this place has special memories for my husband and I. This time of year the place is awash with snowdrops and a site not to be missed.

This beautiful garden, originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. More about it can be found here - but here are a few photos, taken today.

Beautiful snowdrops, the herald of spring

a sight to behold

The Exedra

The Red House - some people seem to sneak into every photo!

A beautiful walk leading to a beautiful vista

The wonderful Cotswold countryside.

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