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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, 31 May 2009

If you go down to the woods today ....

It was too nice a day to stay in on Sunday so we headed off to The Old Station at Tintern in the Wye valley. Friends had recommended this as somewhere nice to visit and we were not disappointed. Once a railway station, now long closed, it's become a beautiful place to visit with entertainment for the children, including a little sit on train running along the edge of the site.

Lovely walks along the side of the river Wye, or through woodland.

With sculpture along the way - this one was based on nature and the animals in the woods but others were based on Arthurian legends

there are plenty of old pieces of memorabilia for those interested in railways, from lamp stands to boundary markers and signals

the old station signal box is now an art gallery, currently showing water colours

and the ticket office is now the tea rooms with the platform and tracks being a picnic area.

Our agenda was then to visit Ross-on-Wye but being Sunday everywhere was closed (amazing for a British Sunday, I know) so we then headed for Tintern Abbey, hoping to be able to visit the ruins. Unfortunately the car park was filled with tourist coaches and even the overflow car parks were full. That will have to be a visit for another day!