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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.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Bead sets for sale ending today

I have sets of beads on auction on Ebay, ending late this evening.

Just the thing if you are looking for beads for your projects.

Click on the hyperlink above to go to my page.

Monday, 31 January 2011

2011 craft fair dates now on website

A job that seems to have taken forever to sort this year, but at last I can confirm which craft fairs I'll be attending this year.

A few old favourites have been dropped, by the organiser, not me; but a few new venues have been added ... this year we'll be in Newton Abbot for the first time and returning to Yeovil after a gap of one or two years. We'll only be in Portishead and Ross on Wye once this year, usually there are more fairs there and Hereford has disappeared completely. The renovation of the Guildhall in Salisbury is nearly complete but won't be ready for our usual March fair but we will be there for lots of fairs in the autumn. I am hoping to be at the Create Centre in Bristol this December although this won't be confirmed until at least September and will be dependent on the fees - Bristol City Council were thinking they might increase the fees of this already expensive fair by as much as 25%! If so, I'll be 'somewhere else'.

My website is now updated to show where I'll be and when, with Google map attached. Actually, that took me longer to sort than booking the fairs, it just didn't seem to want to go smoothly today and changes weren't being uploaded to my website. TBH I think it was 'user error' but frustrating none the less.

I hope to see you at one of the fairs I attend, do come and say 'hello'.