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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, 14 October 2011

If it's Saturday, it must be Salisbury!

Tomorrow we will be at a craft fair at the Guildhall in Salisbury. Right next to the market place, with the Saturday market, an ideal time to pop in and start your handmade Christmas shopping! Yes, I will use the C word so early in the year. This fair runs from 9.30 to 5pm. That means we have to leave home before 6am to be there and ready in time! I think a caffeine rich breakfast will be the order of the day.

This is an excellent fair for handmade work, everything is good quality and nothing is bought in mass produced - the market is outside if you want that sort of thing. All my work is individually handmade; whilst I make have several of a kind, there are not 2 of anything (except earrings and cufflinks) so you are buying an original piece of art from an artisan.

On display I will have an extended range of sea glass, handmade lampwork bead and sterling silver jewellery, lots more silk and velvet scarves, my popular shibori dyed silk scarf kits and lots more. I also have a new range of big hole beads, that will fit most of the Pandora and Troll style bracelets that are popular at the moment - I would say 'all' but there's sure to be one somewhere that I didn't know about and I will then have no idea of the size. If it's less than 5mm diameter I will have something for you, from uncored to sterling silver tube cored, from plain to patterned, large to small.

So, we look forward to seeing you there. We now take 'plastic' if that helps anyone - but bear with us, it'll take us a while to get used to the gizmo, we're used to putting our PIN in and spending, not doing the bit before and asking YOU to put your PIN in!

Quick update - whilst at fairs I close my online shops - a few of my larger pieces will come with me to fairs. My shops will close this evening and re-open Sunday morning, once I have had time to adjust the shops stock levels with the items sold at the fair. If you have your eye on something in one of my shops, I can't guarantee it'll still be there Sunday - and of course I never have 2 the same to replace it.

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