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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.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Beautiful feltwork - Ambags on Folksy

Wandering around Folksy, as you do, I came across Cherith's new shop, 'Ambags'. Even though I make bags, I can never resist another's. Cherith is a university student in Bristol, so quite local to me. I thought it would be lovely to feature a fellow local artist for a change.

Cherith started making handmade felt while studying A-level art at college and was introduced to the felting technique at this time by her Mum who leads felt workshops. Felt is an extremely versatile material to work with and she enjoys making seamless moulded felt bags as no two pieces turn out the same, they evolve as they are being made and final bags can sometimes be completely different to the original idea.

Also in Cherith's shop is a cute felt and ribbon necklace so if bags aren't your thing, there is more.

Cherith's shop has only been open a few days so dash over now and have a quick peek. My personal favourite is the Swirl Bag.