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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.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Fresh baked beads on Ebay (just for a while) and the tale of the poorly merry mog

I've had a few spare hours over the last couple of weekends and managed to rediscover the joys of the inside of my studio.  Judging by the number of little spiders appearing, bigger spiders have also been enjoying the inside of my studio as well - we are known not to co-exist and battle lines have been drawn.  Some of them have got hairy legs that really should not be seen in polite society!

One of my merry mogs has also been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism which we are hoping is the conclusion of nearly 18 months of tests (except the right one, obviously!) and medicines to get to the bottom of why he eats more and still loses weight.  It has been a stressful time. Now husband and cat are on the same meds, same dose.  Husband seems to need less coaxing with Primula cheese to take his pill. 
Husband is ably supported by the NHS, cat isn't and the bill for this latest round of tests and appointments in veterinary private practice, even with exorbitant pet insurance (you could get a decent old car for what I pay per year for 2 cats) and claim excesses leaves me with a Mr Micawber moment ("Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.") so I have decided to not store the beads I have made but get them listed in case anyone wants or needs a winter project.  
There are 8 sets listed in all on Ebay, all with low starting prices and with 10% of the sale price being donated to a local animal charity which gave home to the merry mogs in their time of need.

I also have a lot of beads listed in my Etsy shop and there is still 20% off necklaces and pendants in my Etsy shop too, so an ideal to do a little Christmas shopping, for yourself, friends or family. There are also earrings, scarves and lots more, all handmade by me in my Etsy shop - over 100 lovely handmade things to tempt (I hope).
I hope you see something that you like and thank you for looking.  All my work, including my beads are made in my studio - by me, not in a factory, not by a machine.  The only masters I serve are my merry mogs :)

Merry mog thanks you for looking too, he has a vested interest in the price of Primula cheese at the moment - who would have thought he'd have loved it so much.  He likes Marmite too.

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