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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, 17 December 2011

My shops are open again - shop 'til you drop

After a very early rinsing (4.45am), departure for Salisbury (5.45) we are finally home from a busy day at the craft fair.

My Etsy, Artfire and Folksy shops are now open again and we will be posting orders at least once a day until Christmas.

We also aren't closing for Christmas - so feel free to browse my shops over a glass of wine (or whatever your tipple) on Christmas Day!

Have a happy one, whatever you are doing.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Last fair of the year ......

So, here we are, about to do our last fair of the year. Like the rest of the year I'm muttering 'where's the time gone?' seems only a few weeks ago it was September and we were about to start the Blue Box Studio road show.

Like last week, we are at the Guildhall in the market place in Salisbury tomorow from 9.30am to 5pm. After last week's rush on shibori dyeing scarf kits I've sourced fabrics and pipettes to make more kits so plenty more to be had now - we were down to just one kit! I have lots of sea glass jewellery, some of which I will reduce in price to make way in the box for new work after Christmas and some new scarves - silk - devore velvet and solid velvet; just the thing for these cold mornings and ideal for Christmas presents. Don't forget, buying from me you are buying from the maker and all work is designed and made by me. You don't find that at every craft fair!!!

If you are in Salisbury do come and see us and say 'hello'; surprise me - I am beginning to think the only person who read my blog is me!

As usual, my shops will be closed from later this evening until after the fair - perhaps the end of the weekend as I have to be somewhere else Sunday doing family-things.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Shibori kits back on line and more scarves

You've not yet tried one of my shibori dyed scarf kits? What are you missing!

It's been a busy few weeks over here at Blue Box Studio. We've been at fairs around the west country (and as far as Salisbury) since the beginning of October and each has been better than the last. Each has also generally been better than the same fair last year so we must be doing something right. Some things we make have now been relegated to that great big craft fair in the sky, other things have become even more popular - as have my shibori dyeing kits. I made a new batch of dyes for these in October, then November and now December! With all the dye blending, printing, batching and bagging they are quite labour intensive to make up, but they are 100% my own idea, to my own colours and instructions.

Only 2 colours are available at the moment, Autumn Leave and Summer Sunset (at fairs they are Woodland walks and Rosy Glow, we fancied a change of name) but more will be designed next year once I've sourced more dyes and worked out the new names given by the manufacturer.

I love that so many people will now have fun making their own creation in their microwave (or I have steamer instructions if you prefer) and they are the present that goes on giving ...... there is the fun of making and then the fun of wearing something that is original to you, and you made it too!

My kits are available from me at fairs and through my Etsy, Folksy and Artfire shops.

Talking of fairs - just the one to go now before we take a well earned rest for a few weeks. Next Saturday we are at the Guildhall in Salisbury again (my car knows its own way there now, which is just as well as we have to leave home 6am to get there and set up in time; take pity on us :) ). What we have is what we have - my printer if going 10 to the dozen but we are unlikely to have more than that number of kits so if you were moseying over to see us and get one, it's still limited stock, although I might be able to post one to you.

And then there are a few more scarves listed in my shops - follow the hyperlinks above. Many items have free worldwide postage in my Etsy and Artfire shops.

The printer has printed and my coffee has gone cold. Time to get out in my studio and start making kits - I'm just dependent on one supplier getting silk to me and me and the elves can start work.