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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, 2 May 2010

Bird bath or water feature?

We have a pet blackbird in our garden and often she takes a bath in the guttering around my studio, showering me when I come out to see what all the noise is about. This is the first time I've seen her (or is it a 'him'? I'm not good on bird genders) taking a bath in my water feature whilst it's been running. With today's drop in temperature, it's definitely 'cold running water'.

She waits around the garden for my cats to be taken in - 10 minutes before they were sitting in and beside the water feature, they only move when it switches on and the water burbles towards them. You'd think they'd learn but no.

then she wanders off to the top of the trellis and dries herself off before walking along to the bird seed feeders and having a snack.

I know these aren't brilliant pictures, but were taken from the inside of my conservatory with a small digital camera, trying to get closer would have scared her off.

Last year she and her mate ended up with a cuckoo to raise. They would patiently sit on top of the trellis feeding it endlessly. It was soon twice their size yet they still seemed to love it. I guess their love knows no bounds. I hope they fair better this year, last year's offspring was a big noisy bruiser.

1 comment:

  1. I would suggest it is a Water Feature first then a bird bath second; as it came before it- though I'm sure the blackbird would disagree! I've recently installed a great new water feature in my garden from UK Water Features and have found similarly the birdlife try and commandeer it as their own!