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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.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Cornwall in springtime

Yesterday it rained heavily all day; today I came home from work in snow showers; but the weekend was glorious. We went to our favourite part of Cornwall, the Roseland Peninsular for a spot of R&R over last weekend. We stayed in a converted barn in the middle of nowhere, close to a village that boasts on it's 'welcome to' sign that there is a population of 5 and it's twinned with Le Mans - the little road was windy and judging by the car behind, frequented by maniac drivers. I would have taken a photo of the sign, but there was no where to stop and I was clearly holding someone's day up. As the local constabulary will testify in my defence (not often I can use that phrase) I'm not one for going slowly.

Apart from indulging my passion for beach combing, we also looked around a few gardens for ideas and made friends with a few of the garden 'locals'. It was such a warm weekend that we also indulged in a few Cornish cream teas, as we basked in the warm sunshine.

I think my favourite garden of this trip was Trevarno. This must probably the most photographed boat house in the world, but I thought the lake, boathouse and black necked swan so lovely - even if he/she did get out of the water and chase me. Obviously he wanted feeding and we didn't have any food to give him. This looks almost autumnal but the spring flowers around were a welcome change to the dull colours of winter.

Back at the entrance to the conservatory restaurant we made friends with the peacocks, clearly they were used to being fed on demand. Several were tame enough for people to touch them, and all were well aware of how to pose for the camera. In the bright sunlight their colourful feathers glowed. I am inspired by the wonderful colours to make some peacock coloured scarves this spring, or perhaps a 'Peacock' colour range for my shibori silk scarf dyeing kits which I'll sell through all my usual outlets.

1 comment:

  1. Who wouldn't be inspired by all the beauty of your adventure? Thanks for sharing.