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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.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

The 'end of an era' 20% off scarf sale!



20% off all handmade silk and velvet scarves 
in my Etsy shop 
- until 11pm 14 February - 
the sale kicks off with 35 to choose from 
in a myriad of colours, sizes, textures and fabrics.


 
These are genuine artisan designed items, 
so if you appreciate quality and individuality 
then these are for you.  
Each has been individually made in my studio 
from beautiful silk, 
wonderfully soft velvet, 
shimmering silk satin 
and with a lot of thought and care 
as to the design, texture, pattern, colour.  

There is a little bit of my heart and soul in all of these.  
I have loved making every one - but things change.


 
Having made the hard decision to walk away 
from my first love, textiles, 
and concentrate on glass, for now, 
I'm having a short sale - 
take a look at my Etsy reviews to see 
what others think of my scarves (they love them!), 
stock up for Valentine's Day, birthdays, 
Christmas, yourself :) - 
but what I have in my shop is all that I have, 
for now, I won't be making more.

But never say never, perhaps one day ....

Monday, 27 January 2014

The challenge continues




And clearly one of the challenges is finding out if anyone reads my posts, or is interested in beads - since there were no comments on my last post, where I asked questions, I can only assume not.  I know it's not that people don't buy beads, I have the sales to answer that question.  

How sad.  It doesn't take a lot of time to comment on blogs but makes a difference to the writer.
 

This week has been challenging, more than changing but the 52 in 52 challenge continues.  Determined to find time to make something, I have resorted to making frit beads - I was sorting my frit collection again and since they were to hand it made sense.  So, these are number 5 in the 52.
 

Hopefully life will be a bit less challenging next week and number 6 will be more adventurous.  It will make a change from life being challenging and adventurous.

Meanwhile I will offer these for sale on my Facebook page for a short while and then add to my Etsy shop.