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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, 13 November 2009

Another day, another dollar

Who said that?

This weekend we are setting up stall at the Guildhall, Salisbury in Wiltshire, on Saturday from 9.30 to 5pm. This has been a regular for us this year, with one more fair there on 12 December. Next year the Guildhall is being renovated so there may not be many chances to be there which is a shame as I like wandering around Salisbury (leaving Alistair in charge of the stall - it's not a free-for-all!).

There is a general market in the market square, next door as well so come along and get your groceries at the same time. There is lots to see and do in Salisbury, the Cathedral is beautiful and now that there is a Park & Ride, parking's not such a nightmare either.

If you are in the city, come along and say hello.

As usual, my Etsy and Folksy shops will close for the duration - just in case I sell something at a fair that is also in one of my shops. They will both open by Monday morning UK time, perhaps earlier.

Next week I will be listing some of these gorgeous pink, purple and blue shibori dyed scarves that I made a couple of days ago.

My shibori dyeing kits, which have instructions for fixing the dyes in a microwave can now also have instructions to fix the dyes in a conventional steamer, on request. Not only can you make your own masterpiece in your microwave, you can also now also create a sensation in your steamer! This idea came about when a customer asked for conventional steaming instructions for her kit. I made the pretty scarves above whilst testing out my instructions, written long ago but rarely used for shibori dyeing as I prefer the microwave method, not least because it generates less steam. So if you fancy having a go at making your own scarf but haven't a microwave, just let me know when you order your kit from either of my shops, or from fairs and I will include the steaming instructions as well.

I will also be listing some cotton fabric fat quarters next week - I need to make space in my cupboard so watch this space.

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