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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.

Friday, 25 June 2010

A 'positive' Folksy Friday

The sun is shining, England's not out of the World Cup (or so they tell me), there's so much to be positive about. No point moaning there aren't many customers around; moaning won't bring them back and might even put them off.

So this week my Folksy Friday is on positive things. Things that look good, bring a smile to your face and make you feel better for a while.

How can anyone not be cheered by the beautiful yellow print that tells you how you should, or perhaps do, feel?

Make it Joy Life Fun

Things are looking up: tell yourself or someone else

that it's a wonderful day

what goes around comes around they say, call it karma, The Law of Attraction or just plain 'do as you would be done by'

surround yourself with charms to ward off the evil eye

or Tigers Eye to protect yourself and give you a positive attitude

and if all else fails, this gorgeous petticoat, could be worn as a skirt, is sure to lift your mood, so DANCE!

Enjoy and smile.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Sea glass and beach pottery pendants

Now available from my Folksy and Etsy shops, simple sea glass and beach pottery necklaces, at budget busting prices (because I don't suppose any of us will be better off this time tomorow!) to bring a little bit of the sea side, summer and pleasure to yourself or your friends.

The sea glass and beach pottery has been personally collected from my favourite beaches around the British coastline, carefully hand drilled and mounted for you to enjoy. Each item will be carefully wrapped, boxed and posted to you within 24 hours of payment.

As always, clicks on the pics to be taken to the listings.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Back again - drilled sea glass beads for your own projects

It's been a while, but at last I'm back in the studio and drilling sea glass again! The long absence has been due to recovering from the operation on my elbow and also renovating my studio both out of need and also out of anticipation of falling in love with lampwork bead making, in contrast to lampwork bead buying, and needing somewhere to work. Those of you who keep up with my ramblings will know that I've been selling my silver working tools to raise funds and clear the decks in readiness. A group of us have a 1/2 day lesson next Saturday and I'm either going to love it or hate it. If I love it, then I'll be buying my own tools to make my own beads (and I have a few ideas up my sleeves for something a little different once I have the skills mastered). If I hate it then I'll be shopping around again for some more beads to incorporate in my sea glass work.

For me, half the fun of sea glass is the search; wandering around beaches searching out these precious pieces of smooth and frosted glass. The other half is working with it, either to make jewellery for my own stock or to make beads for selling to other artists for their own work. So here they are, just a few I can spare.

All these pieces of beautiful sea glass are flawless and drilled with either a 2.2mm drill or 1.4mm drill. Beautifully frosted, jewellery quality and personally collected from English beaches discovered on my travels. I don't know why, but other people's tips of a new beach always turn out to be total duds for me. Actually, I do know why, I wouldn't disclose my sources either! Each of my beaches is a jealously guarded secret, shared only with a very few people. Well, you wouldn't expect Coca Cola to give you the recipe, would you?

As usual, click on the pics to discover the gems.