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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, 9 September 2010

Soon be kiln time!


I thought it was time for an update on my beading activities. The original 'blue box studio' has been tidied in readiness of my new kiln arriving. Up until now someone on the Frit Happens forum has been kindly annealing my beads for me but, as is my way, I decided to get my own kiln. It's on order, hopefully for collection on Friday.

In the meantime, to make space for the kiln I've had to sort out my ever growing collection of glass. I stocked up on some bits and bobs being sold on Ebay, which I thought were good value (and don't want anyone telling me they are not, I don't do 'depression'). I've lots of different colours and types of glass, so plenty of things to play with.

My beads, ready for cooking, are kept in a recycled pot so I thought I'd take them out and have a look at how I'm doing. There are still a few 'fuglies' coming off the mandrels but all in all I think most of them are getting more round and holes more central. I like the fact that they are not all the same size - neither are the pieces of sea glass I match them with for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It's organic and handmade.

I've a growing collection of frits,and several of my favourite beads are using these. I'm still like a child in a sweet shop though, dashing here and there grabbing everything I can.

So here are some pics of the favourite beads so far, the tidy studio (I have an untidy mind so feel my workspace ought to make up for it) and space created for the kiln - I hope it fits! I think I might have to tile behind the kiln area to protect the MDF wall from heat - I've spied some slate floor tiles in my garden and might use them - there's posh.

2 comments:

  1. OOh they are lovely Sue, you really have a talent for this, looking forward to seeing more, best of luck with your kiln,
    Em.x

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  2. WOWEEE! Fab beads. loving your workspace too
    xxx

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