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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, 5 February 2012

Handmade sea glass beads

Whilst I was making some sea glass drilled beads for me, I made some for you!

These are all genuine sea glass, from English beaches - having had a quick wander around Ebay there is a lot of sea glass there that's not been near a beach! If it's too regular in colour and shape, then it's probably not down to Mother Natures slapdash ways - she rarely makes two pieces the same, which is what is so nice about a natural product.

Along side this, I have some rare 'end of day' sea glass, also known as multis or multicoloured glass, pieces. These are small but beautiful. And getting very rare. These came from a beach in the North East of England, where the last glassworks closed around 1923 apparently. I have a few larger pieces that I will make into jewellery, but these are a bit small for my designs.

Finally, all those lovely chunky sea glass eggs .... I keep them all, so rare and an exciting find, but with all the piles of them along windowledges it is beginning to look a bit like a sea glass chicken farm so I have sorted out my favourites and am offering the rest. Again these are quite rare. Usually they get broken on stones on the beach but these are all lovely quality. They are usually from the dumps of glass at the end of the day, hence their size, especially as glass was taxed in the 18th and 19th century, on what was used in the factories, so they wouldn't want to be taxed twice on the raw produyct and dumped it instead.

So, all these lovelies are listed on Ebay. If you'd like something more specific get in touch as I am happy to take commissions. I am working with a natural product though, so what I currently have is what I have until my next foray onto the beach - hopefully March will be warmer, Cornwall here I come!

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