I am doing Maggie's Culture Crawl, a 10 mile walk around London in memory of my friend Vivia who died a year ago. I've written a blog about Viv's illness, our contact with Maggie's and their beautiful buildings.Read More
One of the benefits of being self-employed is having the flexibility to spend time with loved ones when needed. Most of this last summer, I've been lucky enough to be able to let work slide a little to have time with a friend at the end of her life.
I'm limiting the amount of bespoke work i take on in the next few weeks while i get back on track and gently get myself back into the work groove.
Spring - I Love this time of year! Fulbourn Fen the nature reserve near home becomes a lush leafy paradise that causes ideas to overflow. It's always a balancing act - giving design ideas space to grow while keeping my to do list and orders book in check!
Life has been full this last couple of years. Family changes - the loss of my dad, the clearing and renovation of his wonderful but dilapidated-time-capsule-library of a house; the gaining of a teenage step-son (amongst other things!) has meant much less time at the workbench.
I've managed to squeeze in a fair few special orders though!
Renovations are now very close to completion so things should soon become more settled, which means more time to focus on all the new design ideas I've had brewing.
More of these! . . .
I've enjoyed working on new photoetchable designs - adding gold has been a satisfying little development.
The pieces below will be on show and available at Histon Handmade on April 15th
In May I have set aside some time for traditional enamelling - a technique that I haven't practised for several years - a special request for an Indian style enamelled locket means that I have the perfect excuse to play with some colour again and revisit old sketch books. Watch this space for developments in the coming months.
Happy New Year to all you likers, followers, customers and friends!!!
Here are a few of my favourite pieces from 2014. Most of them have sold, several were special orders, others were made just for fun. . .
I've been bursting with new design ideas lately, I can't wait to start playing around and harvesting ideas!. . .Read More
Etching has been a technique on my *must master* list for years. I'm very pleased I've finally made time for it.
The motivation finally came from a customer in the States, who had bought a couple of pendants from me on Etsy.
She wanted a locket as a memorial to loved one, but had a limited budget - I really wanted to make something nice for her.
A lot of preparation went into getting ready this year! Tools and books had piled up since I last took part 2 years ago. So the giant slider puzzle to clear the small display space began months before. . .Read More
Fulbourn Fen a nature reserve is almost on my doorstep. After hours sitting still at my workbench absorbed in minutiae, a walk to stretch my back and bring my eyes back into focus is often needed.
The beautiful, sometimes surreally idyllic meadows and woods give me a place to change gear in-between jobs, or let a problem fade away and often resolve itself. . .Read More
I've been taking part in Cambridge Open Studios since the late 1990's. My workshop is open to the public for a couple of weekends in July. I show my recent work and meet lots of friendly locals.
2014 will be a great year to visit Fulbourn. There will be over 30 artists showing their work in the area during the middle two weekends in July (12/13th + 19th/20th) so a visit to Fulbourn should be worth the trip! . . .