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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.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

What goes around comes around

Recently a local man bought some jewellery from me, for his wife.

So, with money in my pocket, I went to the local market and bought groceries from a local vendor.

She in turn was able to have her car serviced after sales at the market

The car mechanic bought flowers from the local florist for his partner on his way home

The florist placed an order with a local stationer for new business cards

The stationer took his family out for dinner in a local restaurant

The restaurateur bought his meat from the local butcher

The same butcher who came to me to buy his wife a present.

What goes around, comes around

Support local makers and suppliers,

So local makers and suppliers will support you.

[When did you last see Mr Sainbury or Mr Waitrose in front of your stall at a fair or in your shop?  My point, exactly]