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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, 31 July 2009

My lucky streak continues ....!

I swear I've never known anything like it; but my luck continues. DH has just returned from a trip to the US and confessed he's lost one pair of his very expensive glasses and the lovely case I got for him to keep them in. Where? Don't know! Must have just dropped out of his bag at some stage. Grrrr. Then I saw Stacey's blog give-away and thought, if I won this, DH would not dare lose his glasses again else the boys and I would kill him for losing something cat orientated. Imagine my surprise when I won! I don't normally win anything but this is my 3rd (and I presume last since things happen in 3s) win recently. I am delighted.

My prize arrived today and I couldn't wait to open it. It took a while - the mailer had been well covered in tape - but that just added to the excitement. Inside was my wonderful prize,

a black and white cat themed, sort of Escher patterned glasses sleeping bag,

and a cute laminated 'thank you' card with a lovely and true sentiment on the reverse -
Stacey where do you find the time to make these???

Apart from the wonderful fabric used to make this beautiful specs case, the lining is just as beautiful, a pretty red swirly pattern, the specs case is so well made, with a little ribbon loop for DH to hang up in a safe place when not using. Sometimes his glasses are on the end of his nose - clearly a safer place for him to keep them. No doubt the day will come when my myopic friend will ask 'have you seen my glasses?' when he is wearing them, but he's not been tempted to that fate yet. If the 'green eyed monster' tempts you to also have one of Stacey's wonderful glasses cases, then go over to her Etsy shop and say I sent you (no prize for saying that, but it's nice to know where your customers come from).

In case you are interested to see what else I have been up to this week, I've been making more sea glass jewellery. Some cute pendant earrings will soon appear in my Etsy and Folksy shops using some sterling silver celtic themed connectors I bought recently. I've also been experimenting with making some more threaded sea glass necklaces, as a change from those I make on twisted silver wire. Having sorted out the components for a recent commission I thought I ought to explore them some more before putting them safely away in my workshop. These will probably go to a local gallery but keep an eye out for similar in my shops.

The top necklace is blue and aqua sea glass with sterling silver twisted heishi

The bottom necklace is lavender sea glass with sterling silver and twisted heishi

Both are made from English sea glass the colours of which are quite rare for us to find and collected by myself around the shores of south west England.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your wins! And I love both the necklaces