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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.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Back in the 'driving seat'

It's been so long since I actually had the time or energy to sit in my studio making beads that I'd almost forgotten how! But it is like riding a bike and you soon get back in the swing of things. All my planned free time over Christmas didn't happen due to having visitors; then the first week back at work and the post-visitor sorting had to be done.

Then, as if it was 'my turn' I've been hit by the worst cold I've had in years - I won't go into the gory details but it laid me low enough to only be able to cope with daytime TV; yes it was as bad as all that. So was daytime TV! Still, I think I could tackle renovating a narrow boat, and I've never been near one so you can tell how long that programme went on for.

Today was the first day back in the driving seat and, after a 2 month (is it longer?) absence I don't think these beads are too bad. I couldn't decide what to make, what colours to use so I do what I always do in these moods and resort to using up all those rods ends that make it into a pot on the side of my work bench. There's rarely enough to make 2 of anything hence the assortment of colours and ideas.

It's a start!

I managed to take a couple of photos before the light went and I will be listing some new jewellery in my Etsy, Folksy, Artfire and Groovycart shops over the next day or so.

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