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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, 11 April 2015

Oh lorks! falling behind with the schedule again ......

But I am making something new each week - and we are now up to week 15.  I think that makes it about 36 weeks to Christmas?

My week 15 make for the Craft Pimp forum challenge is another driftwood sun catcher - this time with some sun.  Why?  Well, apart from North Somerset Arts Week being in a few weeks and I need stock, I have made a bit of a breakthrough.  The more technically minded would have sorted this in minutes - I couldn't programme our old video either  - but I couldn't work out how to string these with all the pieces facing the front, they kept turning.  But, after a lot of coffee and shouting at myself to crack this, I have.  Ta dah!

I had a spare half day, not long enough to turn on the bead kiln and make beads, too long to quit early for the day, so made some more sea glass beads - above is a collection of pretty naturally shaped sea glass hearts, which I have top drilled for adding to a pendant, or stringing in a line.  I don't find many hearts, so these have taken me a while to collect.  I need a walk on a glassy beach, but even my usual haunts have very little sea glass at the moment, and Cornwall, our beaches of choice, is a 5 hour round trip - not one for the holiday season.

I like to have a few things that are less expensive, not that any of my work is expensive for the work, handmade beads, precious metals and skills that go into it, and recently acquired some long pendant pins.  I had a ruffle through my bead and findings boxes and have made a  few pendants like the one above, simple, attractive, and ready for my arts week visitors.  I took a few to my craft fair last weekend and they were snapped up, so hoping this will fill a niche in my product range.

And having drilled a lot of sea glass, I made a few pairs of sea glass earrings, again to top up stock for arts week.

And talking of arts week - I'm open every day except Wednesday in the period 1st to 10th May, from 11am to 4.30pm.  If you are in the area, I look forward to meeting you.

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