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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.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ribbons and bows

Just listed on Ebay, for a quick sale, are a couple of bags of vintage ribbons. I was given a large box by an elderly friend and having taken those I want, need to find a good home for the rest. There are wide, narrow, long pieces, short pieces, all sorts of fabrics from velvet, grosgrain to organza, all colours; some new pieces, some used, some could do with a quick wash. Fascinating for anyone who likes to work with ribbons.

Hopefully someone can make use of them, it would be a shame for them to go into landfill.

Pack 1

Pack 2

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Arts Week ... in hindsight

It seemed a long time coming and was then over in a flash. North Somerset Arts Week 2009 is now well and truly over - although my home is not yet back to normal.

We had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people, sold teas, coffee, cakes in aid of Holly Hedge animal sanctuary (and raised over £200 for them) and my new garden was much admired. It felt like the day after Christmas (when the Christmas tree is so bare) when I was packing up but the thought of getting the house and studio back to its usual state of chaos this weekend will cheer me up.

As promised, here's some pictures. We think it looked really good and comments from visitors confirmed this.