Christmas Fairs and Birthdays

I had a year off last year! Not the whole year you understand, just from ‘doing’ Christmas Fairs. I use them as a way of advertising my work and I need to have stuff to sell so it’s a great opportunity for me to break out of the architectural stained glass mould and burst into making kiln load after kiln load of little pocket sized glassy gifts. Yesterday was day one of Petworth House Christmas Fair, Sussex. I’m off in an hour for day 2. I’m glad I made loads of £3 stars ‘cos it means that most of you can afford a little bit of glassy sparkle in your houses this Christmas. It’s a tough economy out there, no mistake, but through everyones generosity and gift buying fun I took the same yesterday as I did 2 years ago.
It was FANTASTIC to see so many of my students visit me yesterday and Im really looking forward to today. And of course my glass wreaths sold very well!

Oh yes this is not just any cake! This is a 50’th Birthday cake carefully crafted by my lovely sister, Helen, and it’s being carefully consumed by me!
See you at Petworth today!

1 Guinea Pig Left

What a sad week, we are now down to 1 little piggy. Wilbur was the first to go followed by his hutch mate Kevin who we think died of a broken heart. Gone to join Skye the first Collie Dog and Indie the first cat in the garden! Bingo, bulging eyes and all is still going. Ahh the joys of Guinea pig ownership……

On a happier note, Christmas is coming, remember this weather? 

Lets cosy up,light the fires and celebrate all things winter. Chocolate, roasted root veggies, scarves, mittens, mulled wine and spices. My children remarked that my workshop smelled of Christmas today ‘cos the kiln was on full blast and stuff is happening a plenty! I’m allowing myself to get just a bit excited, despite the sad demise of Guinea pigs.

Stained Glass Courses, Fused Glass courses and more

It’s not easy running your own business as anyone who does so will tell you. Add in 2 children, a dog, 2 cats and 3 guinea pigs and a husband who often works nights and it all gets a bit hectic around here. Meals are a bonus!
However I like to think have achieved a lot in the last couple of weeks. Christmas stock making is in full swing so the kiln is on every night (yes I said the C word) and I have been working hard on getting commissions made and installed and have 16 on the job board to finish this year. I’ll be working nights then.
But that’s not the end of it….. 
I love teaching and my courses are not only great fun but are providing me with an ever growing family of fellow glass enthusiasts with whom I can share my passion and skills. I am delighted that so many come back again and again to create beautiful things in glass and so pleased that their skills so obviously improve with each visit. Below is just a small selction of some of my students work, some have been before, some complete beginners and all are great at creating lovely original work in glass! 

Roll on the rest of 2011 courses and 2012 is just around the corner!

Been away

This Blogging lark has got me mystified. Could this be the reason I am so terrible at keeping up with it? This is my first Blog in a year! Who is really interested? Unless I can write something of real merit with meaty long, high falootin words (not sure if High Falootin is spelt this way at all and my spell check thinks it should be High Fallopian, that may be better!) You may be able to put me right, however I digress.
Blogging, who cares?? Well, I suppose if I had more time I might like to use my Blog as a way of passing on my skills and tips about stained glass. Goodness only knows, I have a million pictures and notes and jotted things that might be of interest to someone. But I think I may try a different tack this year and use it as a sketch book for me! Not care if anyone else is watching, add notes, pictures and links I think might be of interest to me in the future. They will be dated and numbered and it may turn out to be a diary of a stained glass artist. So forthwith as of tomorrow I am writing a Diary of a Stained Glass Artist in the 21st Century

If I remember………

oh and by the way…. I love it when Autumn is just popping up …