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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.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Sea glass foray

Do you remember the maths teacher asking how many men it took to dig a hole yay-big? Did we care?

Today's question is "how many hours does it take for 2 people to gather this amount of sea glass?"

The answer is 6 hours travelling, 1 hour each eating a rather large and tasty full English breakfast [mental note to remember cafe for another day] and 12 hours between us to gather this sea glass off 2 Cornish beaches. We arrived as the tide was going out and left as the tide was coming in but left happy, fulfilled [must have been the Cornish cream tea!] and rather tired by the end of the day. I've not sorted it all yet but would think about 40% will make it into my stock boxes, 30% will be offered for sale on Etsy and Folksy and the other 30% will be given to my friend who is planning to make a large sea glass mosaic from the chipped and imperfect pieces, but I'm yet to see any evidence of this though.

If any one wants any chipped and imperfect sea glass for their own projects, please let me know as I am sure I can help!

Folksy destash swap

I recently took part in a destash swap [i.e. reducing the stash of things I no longer had a use for in exchange for someone else's destash] organised by Folksy seller Laura Gladwyn of JD by Laura. I swapped with Kat Dibbets of Made with Love.

I made myself complete some work this afternoon before opening my bag of goodies - or I'd not have got anything else done all day.

In my parcel, all beautifully wrapped in pretty tissue paper [not in photos because it got torn in my excitement] were

some ribbon, a couple of pieces of felt,

lots of charms, lots of beads,

and some fabrics.

I've already plans for some of the pieces and am sure ideas will flow for other pieces.
Thank you Kat.