About Me

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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, 8 May 2010

Need pliers?



Maun Industries snipe nosed and flat nosed parallel action pliers needing new homes.

Click on the pictures to be taken to the listings.

Both are used but in excellent working order but due to damaging my arm I have had to change direction as a jeweller and no longer have a use for these.

Friday, 7 May 2010

"These are a few of my favourite things"

Whatever the result of the election, some of us will need cheering up!

So, in my best "Von Trapp Family Singers Voice", here's my attempt to bring a little happiness to the day.................. (with apologies to Oscar Hammerstein II and a little poetic licence)

Raindrops on
roses
(isn't this necklace stunning?!)

whiskers on kittens
(I have my own, called Theo)

bright copper vessels
(no kettles on Folksy!)
I love copper glaze on raku - one of my faves when I was a potter


and warm woollen mittens

brown paper packages (dum de dum) string
(OK, I'm doing my best!)

These are a few of my
things.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Folksy Fursday - in honour of the general election!


On an election theme ... As usual, click on the pictures to be taken to the items. They are all made by talented Folksy makers in the UK.

The reason for it all, Parliament on the London skyline. The skyline is the more attractive aspect for me!


We've had them all banging on our doors telling us to vote for 'Claude' and save the country
but .......

[I'd have bought this if it had been available in a larger size]


A hot topic seems to be aliens - that's a legal term for non-citizen inhabitants of a country, or immigrants; or my husband (he says he doesn't understand me, I think he's from Mars!)

it seems when one person has an idea, they all adopt it and run with it


But ladies, remember, the Suffragettes fought to give us the vote! The story behind this bracelet is really interesting - you can learn something new on Folksy every day.

Monday, 3 May 2010

And the winner is .......

The quest was on to get to 125 Facebook fans. That was the easy bit - getting them to let me know by leaving a message on my blog was infinitely harder! Of the 28 people who have become fans only 6 entered my give-away. Perhaps I should read something into that?

So, names in a 'hat' [OK, white box, it was to hand] ............................


The independent draw-master was summonsed to draw the winner [he asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals from the 5 people who came 'a close second' - "Don't tell them your name Pike!"]


And the winner is Averilpam.

Well done, get in touch so I can post your box of goodies on to you.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Beatiful beads - sale



Available from my Folksy supplies shop, I bought these beads because I couldn't find what I was looking for, but these aren't what I was looking for either so I've not used them. They are now offered for sale at less than retail price to make way for other stock. Click on the pictures to be taken to the items.

The red beads, above, are vintage. Through drilled.


Green lampwork beads, through drilled.


Turquoise and tan flat ceramic beads, through drilled.


Stunning aqua glass 3-sided beads


Bright blue foiled flat beads, again through drilled.


Beautiful large bright turquoise faceted glass heart, through drilled, and nickel free heart pendant.


These are just the latest additions. There are lots of other beads, findings and tools in my BlueBoxStudioToo Folksy supplies shop,

All fragile items are sent boxed, to make sure they are safe from the ravages of the delivery system. As always, if the cost of postage and packaging comes to less than you pay, the difference will be refunded.

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.