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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, 4 February 2011

My bead box won't close

Read into that what you will :) I try to be tidy, I really try but as anyone will tell you it's not something I am good at, even when I think I've had a tidy up. So I finally got around to sorting out my beads into a plastic box I found in the back of the cupboard. Waste not, want not, which is probably why take-away containers are recycled from the dishwasher towards my work space. Actually they are quite good for storage, they have lids that fit, and spare lids for the days when I lose the lid (and the plot) and the lids, by their very nature, tend to stay on, stopping the contents from rolling across the floor. I also don't have to cry when my lovely customers break the tub when sorting through the loose bead box at fairs - they can be quite heavy-handed.

So I've sorted into the 'found at the back of the cupboard' box, silver beads in one hole, blue in another, pink in another and so on. Now the lid won't close. I've looked at the back of the cupboard for another box but as Old Mother Hubbard found, the cupboard was bare (except for a big pile of non storage bumph which will come in handy for something else). It's the little things that irritate me, I can cope fine with the roof blowing off in a storm, but overflowing bead storage? Nope, it's annoyed me. I guess that's the Virgo in me, it's not quite how I want it to be so it irritates.

So I've had a long session with a big glass of white wine, sorting through the sorted beads (aka procrastinating) and have put strings of these together and listed in my shops on Etsy and Folksy and on Ebay.

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