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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, 14 July 2013

Made, listed and plans a foot! (and a freepost offer)


 

Just a few words from me in this sweltering heat wave!  I'm sure my readers will be out in the sun enjoying the scorcher, not sat indoors.  Unless you are like me who can't  cope with the heat and would live in the fridge, if I could get into it.  My 2 cats are really suffering, one is a Maine Coon cross, the other elderly and poorly; both are wandering around comparing internal room temperatures. My husband goes red if the sun shines on Christmas Day, but is seeing this as training for 2 weeks in Arizona - he's a meditiation and retreat guide for IAM so off for their annual 2 week conference in a week or so.

 

So, last Saturday (where has the week gone) I went to the The Glass Hub near Trowbridge for a day of recycled glass work with Ray Skene.  All in all a hot day, glass blowing in the next room, kilns at 500C all over the place, lots of flames for melting glass - and me.

The beads I made are pretty unremarkable, it was the theory that was important, but we did all but a bottle up and make the components for a recycled goblet (above).  I only got around to finishing it this week.  Not for food use, you have to glue them together, fusing would take a lot of fancy kit and a big kiln, which I don't have, so one either for my studio, or as is my current thinking, I might plant it up with something to keep my tea cup planter company.
 
But we did make a hollow bead -  although mine collapsed in the heat about the same time I did!  But armed with the skill, always easier when you've seen it demonstrated, I managed to make the hollow bead below this weekend, albeit in soft glass - start simple, move up to complicated.  I've rather pleased with it.


I've made a few more sets of beads - the gorgeous teal ones at the top of this blog, with Double Helix silver glass decoration and the pretty ones below, made in a frit named Lavender Snow - very pretty, very cooling!  These are listed on Ebay this week.

I've made the decision to close my Folksy shop in a few weeks.  Comparing Folksy and Etsy, I think it makes more sense for me to concentrate my efforts on my Etsy shop and list beads on Ebay.  Over the next few weeks I will be moving things from Folksy to Etsy but, to save having to relist everything, I have an offer in my Folksy shop - worldwide free postage on everything except my shibori dye kits until midnight UK time Wednesday 24 July.  Folksy doesn't have coupon codes (one of the reasons I'm closing, not keeping up with technology) so on every order I receive I will refund the postage on completion of sale.  If you see and want it, buy it; if it's moved to Etsy when you come to buy it won't be free postage!



It is unbearably hot in my studio by the time the kiln has got up to 500C and the sun is hitting it - oh how I long for a cold stone barn, but it would look a bit out of place in my garden!  So I'm starting work early, melting glass to the point where I start to melt, my oxycon starts to flash red lights at me (it hates the heat as mch as I do so just as well it's not keeping me alive) and I take this as time to quit the grteat outdoors and head in to find the coolest spot in the house.  It's easily found, there are two cats marking the spot.  As a result, not a lot to show for my weekend's work.

Normal service will resume once 'summer' gets back to a normal British summer.  We'd always hankered after retiring to Cornwall, but if this is going to be the norm, then we will head north to Scotland (for a variety of reasons, not just the heat).