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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.

Friday, 10 April 2009

North Somerset Arts Week gets ever closer!

Life is hotting up here at Blue Box Studios. North Somerset Arts Week is now only a few weeks away and I'm realising how much more I have to do to promote and set up my venue. I'm also helping the local rep with promotion so busy printing, laminating, distributing posters and brochures etc. Oh dear, then I've been neglecting my blog.

I'm planning on offering refreshments to visitors ... home made cakes, teas, that sort of thing, in an effort to raise some funds for Holly Hedge animal sanctuary. I checked with my local council and found I needed to hold a Food Hygiene Certificate, irrespective of whether I am giving my cakes away or selling, or anything in-between. To quote (or misquote) Michael Caine, not a lot of people know that. I don't suppose many people would bother going to these lengths but what the heck, it's one more life skill. I've spent this week taking the course on-line and at 1.15am yesterday I finally passed the test with, much to my surprise 100% and at the first attempt. I also learned a lot on the way so it was not all in vain.

So my week has been taken up with the on-line course, printing and preparing. And the list of things to do grows ever longer.

In the midst of all this I heard that I had won a prize in a competition run by the Textile Directory - The Sewing Book by Alison Smith. I look forward to having the time to stop and read it. Although I am a competent sewer, I am sure there will be something new in it for me. I rarely win anything so this was a real treat.

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