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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.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Check out Beads by Laura for some beautiful beads

As those who follow my ramblings will know, I've been selling off my jewellery tools and precious metals because of a long term injury to my arm. The fact is I just can't take out my anger on a piece of silver in the same way as before. As they say, 'when one door closes, another one opens' and around the time I decided to move on from silver, I discovered Beads by Laura's blog.

This talented lady makes stunning lampwork glass beads which she sells through her website - and you have to be quick to catch them when they are offered; I clearly can't type fast enough! Just reading her blog and looking at her stunning beads made me realise that this was a direction I wanted to explore. So I've been selling everything to raise funds for a potential new project. I'll start small and if I take to this I'll invest more, if not, well, the workshop has been tidied up, painted, cleaned and there is so much room now to work so all is not lost.

Laura has a prize draw on her blog for some of her 'Lonelies' beads so go on over and have a look, they are stunning. I've been lucky enough to win a few in the past - see above - but that won't stop me entering again! I've been using the beautiful beads with my own drilled sea glass to make some stunning necklaces - hopefully I'll soon be able to make some of my own although I doubt that'll stop me buying other people's work. See it, like it, buy it.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely mention, Sue!

    Laura x