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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, 11 September 2010

Cooking on gas! .....................

Well, it's here! I guess I'm actually cooking on leccy, but it's not such a well known phrase.

I've hauled into place, plugged in, read the instructions and referred to the Frit Happens forum to make sure everyone else felt the same way I did yesterday. If I turn this on will my timber framed workshop disintegrate? Bravely I turned it on - frightening beep the first time you hear it - and ran an empty firing to burn off all the residues from manufacture. Thinking I ought to stick around, just in case, I sat next to it and made beads - what a stink! Anyway, we've all lived through that experience.

Up with the lark and not finding quite the amount of rain the weathermen promised at 10pm last night I've thrown open the doors and windows, read my instructions, referred to a firing schedule somone left on my current favourite forum, flicked the switch and am currently in the middle of my first proper firing, with beads. Granted I'm only risking my fuglies, if this goes OK then I'll fire my prettier beads tomorrow. I wasn't sure how long this was going to take but it's been going for hours and we're not at the end yet.

So, whilst we wait with baited breat to find beads (hopefully) or a melted mess (OMG) I thought I'd show you the view from my studio.

Fortunately my studio has a stable door, great for ventilation and leaning on with a cup of tea. Outside I have this stunning yelloow rose, was here when we moved in and usually flowers until December, when the froists get it. It looks pretty old and grarled but I prune a bit more each year and it's getting into shape.

Then, having spotted these arum lilies in the garden centre, they've taken off now that we've had a bit of rain. I used to have a large white one, again inherited and ratehr funereal but it didn't survive the garden makeover a couple of years ago - the landscaper (nope, we aren't that capable) didn't realise I wanted it and put it in the bottom of the skip!

The borders are now looking like I ought to get out there and hack them back a bit - I've not known roses grow as tall as mine seem to.

Then, of course, the time and motion staff are around - if I do 'motion' they think it's food 'time'. With DH being away at the moment I am their only amusement and they are following me everywhere. Ted, the long haried one, has a lump under his chin which the vet shaved clear of long hair yesterday. Oh the indignity, and aren't I being reminded of this, usually placated by a Whiskas Temptations or five. We're hoping it's nothing to get over-excited about - the vet gave it a long name which I think means a bite that's reacted badly and it'll clear up soon.

As you can see, Ted's not too worried, unless he thinks there's a treat in the offing.

So, that's my little world. On a warm day it's even hotter in my studio but I guess that means I won't need a fire on in winter.

Pics of beads will follow - if some of my sets survive they might be offered for sale!


  1. Good luck with the kiln! You have a lovely garden, and I love the beads you've photographed in the previous post :)