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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, 2 December 2010

Last fair before Christmas ....

So, here we are again, the last fair before Christmas. This one, the Create Festive Fair at the Create Centre, Bristol, is one of the largest I attend; a mix of crafts, eco-products, charity stalls and all the other things the Create Centre stands for. Leave disinterested parties at the Bath Ales bar and wander around at your leisure to start or finish off your Christmas shopping. Usually (although last year bucked the trend) Friday evening is a more relaxed affair, mostly adults looking for that special gift; Saturday is usually family orientated and more crowded.

Worth popping in on your way home from work on Friday or before you hit the Mall or Cabot Circus on Saturday - after all you'll find something individual here, not just on my stall, and who wants to be seen wearing the same hat/scarf/present as half the neighbourhood when queuing at the supermarket checkouts? If you are not looking for cheap, mass produced, factory made, child laboured, sweat shop products then this is the place for you. And you will, in most cases, get to meet the person who made the item; you won't get that in M&S!

From 4pm - 9pm on Friday, 11am to 4pm on Saturday.

Click here for a map.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Spotlight on .................. velvet scarves in my Folksy shop

Just in time for the winter cold snap, there are lots of gorgeous hand made silk viscose velvet scarves in my Folksy shop. All ready for despatch to keep you warm and many in my silly sale.

All have been designed and created in my North Somerset studio by "yours truly".

Just the thing to keep out the winter chills with a bit of style, or as a gift for your family, your friends or even yourself.

Lots more scarves in my Etsy shop and Big Cartel shop too and both these shops have a discount code running at the moment - see my earlier post.

Despite the appalling weather we are having at the moment, I am still posting on most days so orders should be with you within a few days (UK) or a week or so (international).

Sunday, 28 November 2010

My shops are now open again ...........

So do take a look at what's on offer. As mentioned in the previous post there is a 10% discount code for my Etsy and Big Cartel shops. Read the post below to get further info.

Shops will next close on Thursday next in readiness for my busiest and final craft fair of the season; so if you have your eye on something it could be a case of 'he who hesitates is lost' as this fair, at the Create Centre in Bristol (see my website for further details and a map) is usually one that needs me to raid the store cupboard for goodies. A lovely fair, I really enjoy this one and am really looking forward to it. Worth the trip if you are reasonably local, leave your disinterested partners listing to the band or at the Bath Ales bar downstairs and find me (hopefully) upstairs. I won't know my exact position until I get there but am hoping to be in my usual spot, the small end room on the right as you get to the top of the stairs (and ignoring the one-way system). Look for Blue Box Studio on the show plan, available from reception as you arrive.