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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.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Home and away - journeys of a fair seller

We're on the road again!  In fact we are on the road just about every weekend until Christmas :)

Saturday 3 November we are at the Somerset Hall in Portishead,   just a  few miles from home  - no '5.30am departures' this week!  The fair is open 9.30 am to 4.30pm (ish).

Sunday 4 November we are at the Chase Hotel, Ross on Wye;    OK, not 5.30am but this one requires an early start and a trip across the water (Severn Bridge) to foreign lands (via Wales) along the Wye valley - surely the most beautiful journey to a craft fair, especially if the mist is rising from the river as we get near Tintern.  One day I will have both my camera and enough time to stop to take a photo.  I love the journey, if not the horrendous time of day.  This fair is open 10am to 4.30pm (ish).

As usual I will have my full range of jewellery, textiles and beads, taking whatever I have and whatever I can make between now and then - the kiln full of new focal beads for pendants and for sale - my glass studio is the warmest place around here today!  I will also have some lovely new silk velvet scarves - just right for the cold snap we are having. 

Come and say 'hi!' if you are in the area; these are fairs run for genuine handmade crafts.  No bought in goods (well, there'd better not be else the organiser is slipping).

Something for just about everyone - yes, it's November, I can officially talk about CHRISTMAS now.

If you are not near Portishead or Ross on Wye, you can always buy from my shops on Etsy and Folksy instead.  I normally close my shops when I am at a fair, but you can opt to be notified when they reopen.

Shops will also be closed from Tuesday 6 November to Saturday 10 November but reopen on Sunday 11 November.

Oh, and the scarf above is in my Folksy shop, although will be going on tour this weekend unless sold before.  It's beautiful devore silk satin designer fabric that I imported from the Far East, one of the very very few things I made a couple of and this, along with one on Etsy are the last.  They are stunning, I have one of my own which goes perfectly with my black, black or black wardrobe.