Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Great British Summer

Deck Chair Striped Trinket Dish
I'm very inspired by all things seasidey at the moment and, despite the terrible weather we have in the UK, I'm looking forward to days out on the beach in Scarborough, Whitby, Hunstanton and Brighton this year.
Several things stand out as representing the British seaside but the most evocative, for me, are beach huts and deck chair stripes. In fact, I'm so obsessed with deck chair stripes I have been spending a lot of time gazing at the vintage deck chair canvas at  What an inspiration! Colour combinations that I wouldn't normally consider such as bottle green, orange, deep pink and pale blue. I have been making a range of fused glass dishes using opal glass with a vanilla background and the possibilities are endless. 

Large Deck chair striped dish
As for beach huts, I have a range of Beach Hut brooches available on Etsy at the moment - each one in jolly reds, blues and greens. Just right for the summer season. 

Beach Hut Brooches

I also have one Seaside Boat dish left in my Etsy shop - all we need are the "Kiss-me quick" hats and the ice cream - oh, and some sunshine would be nice too....

Sailing Boat dish
I have a fine selection of inspirational stripes on my Pinterest Board, please take a look and see if you're inspired by them too. 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Apple for the Teacher

I had a great day at The Stalls pop up shop on Saturday, talking to customers, chatting with the other designers and eating cake from La Bottega.  The first piece of glass that I sold was my Glass Apple Dish and, at the end of the day I was approached by a customer who wanted to buy a ......... glass apple dish (oops)!

But nil desperandum - fortunately the customer commissioned the dish to be made and sent to her. It is a present for a teacher who has taught her children and is now retiring. What a lovely idea for a gift - so much better than chocolates or flowers. A gift that will last forever.

If you would like to commission me to make a glass dish or bowl please contact me via the Contacts page

If you live in the Yorkshire region I teach glass fusing to all including technical processes, design, glass colour theory and glass assembly. Find out more by clicking on the Workshops Page