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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.

Monday, 18 March 2013

More Tea Vicar - now brewed!

As mentioned in my last blog, I am making tea planters out of vintage china to raise fundy for my favourite animal charity.  Having scoured all my local charity shops I have revised 'vintage' to 'vintage and contemporary' - it seems miss-matched china cups and saucers are all the rage for trendy weddings at the moment!  That might explain the actions of the couple who removed a cup and saucer from my hand at one charity shop, saying they had seen me pick it up and would like it!  How strange some people are.  I declined their kind offer - it is the left hand cup and saucer in the picture below, very pretty.

I wasn't sure about the cups in the top picture, clearly in the 'contemporary' bracket, but rather pretty.  But I managed to get a set of 6 for the price asked for one (and then not matching) cup and saucer set offered elsewhere.  Since the idea is to raise funds for charity I see no point paying 'antique shop' prices.  

After a little market research I have decided that, initially, I will offer these at £7.50 each with profits going to the charity.  On average that is about 50% of the overall cost, taking into account I have had to buy the china, the plants, the gravel for drainage and the diamond tipped drill to drill drainage holes.  If they are a good idea and sell well, I might increase the price to raise a little more profit.  Sadly Freecycle hasn't turned up any small plants or china, I blame the poor weather and free listing days on Ebay - if I want to pay upwards of £5 a cup and saucer plus postage I can have my pick.  Perhaps I need a post-wedding bride to take pity on me?

I am at a craft fair in Salisbury Guildhall next Saturday and in the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare the following Saturday and will be taking a couple of these with me to gauge reaction.  If you would like one saved for you to collect, please contact me - I can post pics on Flickr for you to choose from.  As you can see, they look really pretty on a window-ledge.  The primulas are allegedly slightly scented.  Actually, they look so pretty in my conservatory that I shall be sad to see them go - but go they must.