Well there we are....2013. It just flashed by for me and it wasn't until I was looking back over my photographs that I realised how much has happened this year.
I am going to give you the highlights or we will still be here next year! The best bit about this year gone was the weather....wall to wall sunshine in North Devon and in our little village of Appledore, which was good as I was seriously thinking of moving somewhere with more sunshine. The workshop was humming with visitors and sales. Thank you to everyone who visited and to Daryl Burton for this fabulous shot of my Milly running on the local beach.....it really was a great summer here.
The year started with a course at Mangobeads with Sarah Wadley where I had my first dabble at Silver Clay and went on to do some one on one with Sarah learning how to combine sterling silver with my glass. Respect to all the silversmiths out there it is an intensive art and work in progress for me!
Etsy shop and a big thank you to everyone who bought this. I have really enjoyed playing with this design through the year......
Flame Off 2013, the UK's biggest glass gathering was held at Silverstone this year and I had a fabulous few days catching up with glassy friends, buying toooooo much glass and was lucky enough to have a class with the master of glass : Lucio Bubacco
Craft and Design Magazine which was one of the highlights of the year for me, a real honor and came about via a visitor to my studio last year.
My big beads were still as popular as ever and it is a design and bead that I will never get bored with, lots of these found there way into the kiln during 2013 and a huge Thank you to all my customers around the world who keep buying these colourful beads.
swirl technique So many of my beads incorporate this and as with the feather design it can be used in almost any style of bead.....
Here is a small vessel also incoporating that swirl technique......see loads of options!!
I have had a love affair with Goldstone this year and it is creeping into alot of my designs, such a good option to add abit of sparkle....
Talking of sparkles.....lots of new colours from Double Helix this year.....always a joy to experiment with this glass as all the colour and effect is drawn from the flame...not always succesful as with this first bead that had a crack but I loved that pink metallic look...
My experiments with colour continued throughout the year and I kept playing with new shapes, like these Colourblast Beads that sold so well as simple but funky necklaces
The up side of lots of friends visiting is the opportunity to watch fabulous sunsets from our local The Beaver with a chilled glass of something at the end of the day..
As the summer started to draw to a close I got a message from Chloe, the editor of Bead Magazine asking me to write a tutorial for their readers....I of course said YES! I have also written another for this year April time so watch out for that....
The Mandala is still one of my favourite beads and this year was no exception.....
I also launched a new tutorial at the end of the year after lots of requests from vistors to my Facebook page on how I created the depth within these beads..
So that is my year in a nutshell!
And what of this year? Well I am thrilled to be able to tell you that I was approached by Diana East at Studio 19 and asked to teach a class this year - June 2014. I am taking bookings for that currently the details are here
I am also excited to be taking a table at this years Flame Off 2014 This is the event for anyone who is interested in Glass, Beads and Fire! Come say hello if you visit.
So there we are.....as I sit here reflecting on the year past and the year ahead we are battling huge storms which have battered our coastline I can hear the tide thumping against the sea wall and summer is a distant memory.
The car park at our local beach often becomes a lake in the summer but last friday the whole area was a flood as the sea breached the flood defenses and swamped everything. This weather, both here, and in the US, where they are battling snow, makes me realise how vulnerable we are in this world of ours and how we need to to take, treasure and use each day.....looking after each other and our environment and that is how I plan to live this year.........I hope it is a happy and healthy one for you all and thank you for reading my blog.
I guess it would be bad luck to finish on a flood photo so lets hope our beautiful burrows and our little village return to their former glory as quickly as the sea engulfed it