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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, 7 May 2011

It's nearly all over for another 2 years

It's been a very busy week at our North Somerset Arts venue, but sadly (or is that 'happily' - it's hard work!) it's nearly over for another 2 years. So just a quick report of what the end result was after all the panics to be ready on time.

I bought these gorgous clasps from Di Sandland, we have 'I do like to be beside the seaside', 'You are my sunshine' and 'good morning sunshine, the earth says hello'. I didn't get these made until after my venue opened, but had decided and made the style and colour of beads beforehand. I'm really pleased with them, they've received a lot of compliments.

They are available from my venue at an introductory price but will be in one of my shops after, if not sold. They are made from my handmade lampwork glass beads, sterling silver and Di's fabulous clasps.

Just a few pictures of my venue ... my conservatory and large studio have been turned into a gallery

on sale we have my silk shibori, velvet devore and hand painted/printed scarves,

my handmade lampwork beads - for jewellers and collectors, in sets and singly. There are also the large hole beads which will fit Troll and Pandora bracelets and necklaces (and some of the other styles - bring your bracelet with you if unsure, we cn try them)

We're selling teas, coffee and home made cakes to raise funds for Holly Hedge animal sanctuary and giving from our sales as well - we're hoping to beat what we raised 2 years ago!

All this is in my pretty garden setting - visitors are welcome to enjoy the garden whilst they are here (although it looks a bit grey and damp out there today - but we desperately needed rain for the garden). If you are in the area this weekend, do come and see us.

If you are in the area this weekend, do come and see us. We are open 10.30 to 6pm both today and tomorrow. We promise a wam welcome.