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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.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

North Somerset Arts Week

Well, at last it is here! Since my last post I've been away to beautiful Scotland, scoured several beaches in search of interesting sea glass and then returned to the ever growing list of things that needed doing before Arts Week started.

Friday 1 May saw the beginning of Arts Week in North Somerset. It continues until Sunday 10 May. Whilst things were slow on Friday, the weekend has been busy and people are getting into the swing of visiting lost of venues. I am exhibiting with Paul Gunning, a local ceramicist and, with the weather being so good, it's fun as we can sit in the garden when it's quiet and catch the rays. If the weather breaks, things may be different.

We're raising funds for the local animal sanctuary, Holly Hedge, by donating a percentage of our takings and selling teas, coffee and home made cakes.

Charlie, one of our merry moggies is revelling in all the attention he is getting from visitors, was out there before we opened today looking for people to amuse him. Teddy, the more shy moggy was keeping well out the way and gives only brief guest appearances.

If you are in the area come over and see us, we are venue 39 in the guide. I'll add photos later - when I've found the camera which seems to have been swept up with the general last minute clear up.