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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.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Around and about - the buildings at Hestercombe

The Hestercombe estate is home the admin centre of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue so not open to the public, but the surrounding estate is open to all who care to pay the entrance fee. We've only been a couple of times so are still to learn everything of its history - there's lots more to see and explore.

Around the grounds are various incongruous buildings.

The mausoleum I have already mentioned, with its skull and grave markers.

Nestling by the path is a chinese pagoda, a welcome place to sit and enjoy the view.

By another path, hidden in the trees is the witches house; made from wood and thatch, there are carved emblems of mice, snakes and cats.

Up on the hill is a temple - every home should have one!

and near to the formal garden is a folly, newly restored with oak woodwork

and beautifu, views through the leaded windows over the surrounding countryside.

Our last stop will be the Edwardian Formal Garden created by Sir Edwin Lutyens, probably the most famous British architect since Sir Christopher Wren, Lutyens also designed the Cenotaph in Whitehall, the British Embassy in Washington and the vast imperial city of New Delhi in India.

The planting scheme was designed by Gertrude Jekyll whose influence on garden planting has been enormous. Her use in borders of graduated colour and planting in drifts has dominated garden design throughout the last hundred years.

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