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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, 6 November 2013

Click, click, clickety click, click

I've noticed that many of my Etsy items have lots of 'favourites' but far less views - when you can click the 'heart' on the activity feed page and not add to item views.  It seems you can't even be bothered to look at the item's details, so do you really like it at all?

Etsy recently changed its rules so a designer can have their work made for them in a factory or like; many of us feel that is not the spirit of 'handmade'.  Yes, someone probably put something together with their own hands, not robots, probably in the Far East and for less than a reasonable wage for their work, but is this what you think 'hand made' really means?  Surely everything is 'designed' by someone, even cheap imports that do nothing for the local economy.  But is that necessarily what should be understood as 'designer' and 'hand made'?

It is something many of us feel strongly about and no doubt you will see a lot on Facebook where (in my case) I and members of the Handmade By Me Team and Frit Happens Forum Etsy Teams are trying to raise the profile of truly handmade work, made by people who design, make and sell their own work, trying to make a living for themselves, caring that the item they make is of quality and design that will stand up to years of enjoyment.

And as the advert then says (slightly misquoted) "And for everything else there is [insert name of your local pound store / cheap import emporium]"

So, to all the clickety clickers of this world, I give you another of my odd-odes!


So is that you who click, click clicks
on Etsy's feed, just looking quick?

Are you book-marking for presents fine
or window shopping to pass the time ?
Is this to buy or fill Facebook feed,
Or steal ideas to fuel your greed?

It's all designed and made by hand
and on that point I'll take a stand -
no mass produced or bought in tat -
in my store you can be sure of that!!

 Etsy 'favourites', lots I see, 
on Facebook, loads are liking me;
connoisseurs are buying, sure
but most of us could do with more!

Have you stopped a while to think
that buying handmade keeps in food and drink
those makers who toil long hours each day
to bring originality your way?

Most can't continue if you don't buy,
 with bills to pay and dreams to fly,
your 'empty' clicks serve no purpose,
it's not the way to support us;
so tell your friends and family too
 and show them where to shop for you,
to buy one-off things for Christmas cheer
(designer doesn't always mean 'dear').

For quality, individual, made to last
for longer than the season past, 
buy original and GENUINE HANDMADE-for-you
so artisans can have a Christmas too.


The 25% off scarf sale in my Etsy shop continues to 9 November, 
but for much of Saturday my shop will be closed whilst I am at a fair
at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.
I also have 25% off my scarves at this fair.