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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, 30 August 2009

Vintage finds - lots of keys

Like my mother, I'm a hoarder. I suspect her mother might have been the same. I inherited a box of vintage keys many years ago when I also inherited my grandparent's pine blanket chest. There was a key hole but no key. Out came the box and from the box came a key. Since then the box has stood family and friends in good stead when they've bought old furniture without keys.

Time marches on and it's time to say goodbye to my keys and hope they find good homes. To this end, I have listed them in my Etsy shop. I think they'd be great in steam punk jewellery, on 'moving home' or 'coming of age cards' in a box frame or just enjoyed for what they are. Granny was born in the 1880s and these are genuine so a little bit of history here.

I feel a bit sad parting with them but have no use for them. Fate will decide; if they sell then it's meant to be; if they don't sell then I'm meant to keep them. We'll see. I'd love them to have a new purpose in life than be stored in a drawer in my study.

I know nothing about keys. If you are a key expert, do tell me what the flat one with the spigot in the top picture was used for.