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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.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Spring is sprung

So finally Spring has sprung. Last week I was lamenting that nothing was looking vaguley alive in our garden and having a mild panic that I've described our Arts Week venue as a 'pretty garden setting'. This week ... a bit of sunshine and my 'dead' plants have made an effort.

I thought nothing bar the fern like weed was alive in the pond, so happy to see the marigold thingy (think it's meant to be a marginal, but we don't have margins).

Very few of the daffodils I carefully selected from a Cornish daffodil farm made an effort to rise about the surface, but the tulips have been a bit more entheusiastic.

Several years ago we bought a tiny camelia plant from Trebah gardens, last year only one flower, this year it has risen to the occasion.

I'd forgotten I had bought this Bleeding Heart (Dicentra somethingorother - I'll never be invited to talk about my garden on Gardners' World - can't remember the normal names let alone the Latin ones!

A reliable cherry. It's lived in a pot since I bought it in 2001. It was originally a Prunus Mume Beni Chidori, that much I can remember. I bought it to remember a beloved pet I lost early in that year, in the hope it would flower early and be a reminder. Strangely my other cat was Benny and he was forever 'chiding' Ginger so the name seemed apt. Sadly the plant always had terrible peach leaf curl and grew badly so we cut it back to the rootstock which had decided to sprout and so far has been curl free. Considering I have mulched with bits of sea glass I can't use for jewellery, give it several doses of grotty water from the lampworking plunge pot - usually with added bead release and bits of broken bead for added bonus, it does well. One of my 2 current ginger toms happily curls up around the trunk and basks in the sunshine. Ginger would have liked that. Actually, no he wouldn't, he'd have given these two a run for their dinner.

So please, no more frost. The bluebells are coming along nicely - as good a bluebell wood you'll find in any tiny suburban garden, we are over run with them. If they could hang on a bit until the beginning of May perhaps I will have the 'pretty garden setting' I've promised people - otherwise I'll be in the garden centre buying up trays of flower to plant!!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A new outlet - on Artfire!

Well, they say a change is as good as a rest. Until recently I've been selling my handmade lampwork glass beads mainly on one particular site but I have decided for a variety of reasons that this is not the right place for handmade items. So, also recognising that not everyone wants to join a site before they can buy I was looking for somewhere that doesn't require this, and found Artfire.

Early days, I'm listing things as fast as I can but other things also get in my way, but there will be more there in a few days and lots more there very shortly.

I have also decided to list a selection of my other work on there, much of it at sale prices. I might also offer a discount on purchases for those who sign up for my newsletter (the link for this is on the left) and for previous customers. As they say, you have to be in it to win it.

So my new Artfire shop is here - keep popping back and into my Etsy and Folksy shops to see what's new.

My website will be updated with a link shortly, I'm concentrating on actually filling the shop first.

Let me know what you think? Oh and a tip that took me ages to discover yesterday, when looking at Artfire item prices, if not in your currency, click on them and change to your own. The downside for me is that I have to list in US dollars - even Etsy finally sorted that one for us.

Monday, 21 March 2011

So, what's new?

A selection from this week's offerings from Blue Box Studio.

First up some gorgeous 'parchment' roses, there are 2 sets of these. I bought them to make a corsage for a wedding, then forgot to take them with me! So, as reeived, new and unused they are looking for a new home. All bar the teal blue roses have brooch pins attached but it wouldn't be too hard to add one to the blue roses. They would look lovely just added to a fabric bag, made into a corsage, just brightening up a jacket, jumper, scarf or anything else. Our idea was to use them for a wedding corsage and buttonhole for a long-distance wedding; the florist wasn't open when we left and flowers have a nasty habit of drooping overnight so would have been quite sad by the end of our 4 hour journey to the venue. These have the lovely trait of never drooping, however long you keep them or how far you travel!

Also on offer, lots more big hole beads for your Troll and Pandora bracelets and necklaces. Hand made by yours truly in my garden studio, some have sterling silver rivets, some are uncored. Other makes of bracelet are availabe (as the advert goes) so they may well fit another brand. All my beads are properly annelaed for strength and durability in a digital kiln, cleaned and checked before despatch. Offered at a sensible price and each is individually made so no one else will have one identical. Buying handmade beads by self representing artists means you won't have your friends telling you 'I've one exactly like that'!

All of these, and more are available here.