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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.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The benefits of not pruning early

For weeks I have meaning to get into the garden and cut down the dead flower heads, but to be honest there has always been something better to do, it's been too cold or (and here's the truth of the matter) they add some height to an otherwise dull border.

Today the sedum heads have taken on a new life. Covered in snow they look like balls of fluff.

Even Algie, my mate by my studio door looks more like an aged rock star than the usual fat pig who's the expression of having eaten one too many fallen apples in the orchard. Algie was originally named Darcy, after the potter who made him, but he's no match for Colin Firth. Then he was Archie, until we realised our neighbour had called her baby son Archie so he became Algenon, or Algie for short.

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