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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.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Beside the sea side ..... cards and note cards

As we tour around the British coastline searching out sea glass we visit many beautiful beaches. I've learned never to forget my camera in case something special happens to appear.

Whilst on the Isle of Wight, we came across a tiny bay, crowded by day, deserted by night. On the last evening of our visit we went there to look for sea glass but had mistimed the tides. Sad to have missed this opportunity we sat watching the sun set over the calm sea, just as a little boat sailed into view and dropped anchor for the evening, and the sun set over the horizon sending waves of fire across the sky. A magical moment at the close of the day and the close of our visit.

Whilst exploring the south Wales coastline in January , the weather closed in around us, leaving us wondering what we were doing out in such weathers. Spotting a small sign for a cafe, something we can do from a great distance, we came across this sweeping bay on the Gower Peninsular. Feasting on hot chocolate and cakes, something else we are good at, the sun suddenly broke through the clouds and brought some light to the day. No sea glass, but a beautiful wide expanse of sand and a stunning walk.

The second view is sunset over St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. Having visited Cornwall a number of times we'd never been to St Michael's Mount. We set off across the causeway, which is accessible only at low tide, and explored for the day. It's well worth a visit if you've not been. Our return journey was by boat but a beautiful way to leave the island. As we walked along the mainland looking back at the island, the sun was setting, casting a golden hue to the sky and the island silhouetted. All of these pictures are available from my Folksy, Etsy and Big Cartel shops as flat note cards and greetings cards, all blank for you to add your own messages. Professionally printed, these are wrapped in cellophane to keep them pristine until used and will be posted to you in card backed envelopes to protect from over-enthusiastic posties. Priced at £1 per card or £2 per pack of 4 flat note cards, all come with envelopes.

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous pictures! Makes me excited to take the ferry to see my family next weekend.