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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.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Hot off the press

Some more gorgeous beads, this time by Laura Sparling, with sea glass by Mother Nature and made into necklaces by Yours Truly. It was seeing Laura's beads that made me want to try lampwork bead making in the first place.

I'm really pleased with these and can't wait for my first beads to come back from being fired by George so I can make a necklace with my own beads. George offered to fire my first beads as I haven't yet bought a kiln (still saving, a major investment) so thanks to George. George has some rather nice findings on her website, I can see my shopping list getting longer!

My other piece of good news today, I've won a £20 gift voucher for the Grant Bradley gallery in Bristol. I shall have to go and have a look at what they have on offer. I collect contemporary glass, particularly perfume bottles so, with a birthday looming (21 with a lot of experience before you ask) this might be the time to add to my collection. I've been very restrained, my last purchase was a Stuart Akroyd fin bottle, my celebration for doing well during North Somerset Arts Week 2009. Perhaps the celebration for NSAW 2011 will be a kiln!

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