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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, 15 March 2015

The 52 week challenge continues - and something shiny!


Things have been a bit quiet at BBS HQ with bead sales this week so I decided to concentrate on something a bit different for a change.  There is a range of glass, made in the US by Double Helix that is silver enriched.  It reacts in the flame to give lots of colours - or not, overcook it and it can resemble the bottom of the proverbial parrot's cage.  Some just smile at it and it throws colour at them, the rest of us mere mortals have to hope we have a kiln fairy looking over our shoulder and blowing kisses. 

 So, seeing I have rather a lot of this glass, and it is horrendously expensive (1 rod is about the price of 1/4 kilo of some glass - that's about 1/2lb to those not metrically inclined) I have been making use of what I have and singing soothing words to the kiln fairy.  Some of the beads I made into sets for sale, and mostly sold, some made it to my bench and became pendants, also now sold, and some more sit in my kiln waiting for me to get back out there.  (Insert manic week here).

I also had a delivery of new frit, some I have had before, some are new to both me and the market.  So, with a couple of fairs and an arts week open studio on the horizon, I've made a few heart pendants as these are always a popular purchase.  The heart pendants are in my Etsy shop.

And my week 11 make for the challenge is a bit of a cheat I suppose?  I had made a lot of really pretty fused glass pendants for the upcoming fairs and my Etsy shop, but was a bit stuck how to or whether to display my 'spare' stock.  I spotted some pretty labels/tags in a shop and bought some thinking they might be suitable for displaying the pendants; just a bit nicer than brown luggage labels?  Then how to display them?  I thought about a pin-board, I have a lot of lovely ones I made for a display system I used years ago, but I already have my sun catchers on a pin-board and there won't be much room on a 6ft table for more so came across this acrylic stand on Ebay, meant for make up display, but small enough to go in front of my acrylic display cubes  without looking out of place.  

So, now I can offer my pendants, with or without a chain, and also have some pretty organza bags that fit these cards beautifully; perfect for quick sales at fairs.  So my week 11 make was to find a way to add the pendants to the cards and then find a way of displaying them.  Ta-dah.

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I'm still working on my week 12 makes - not that the kilns have been idle - stick around to find out what I have made.