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Summer hols and Summer school

We’ve been so busy over the summer holidays; camping, crafting, visiting, exploring and playing that there has barely been time to craft. I have however squeezed in a few classes and now find myself preparing for this week’s summer school! Notes are printing as we speak and mandrel are drying in the workshop, is there
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Flaming Flamework day

What lovely hot weather today…what lovely weather to be doing Flamework…mmm maybe not but who doesn’t love a bit of Flamework? I had a lovely day with all my students, passing on the secrets of making glass beads and despite the heat some fantastic beads were made, we melted almost as much as the glass.
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Birthday presents!

Today I finally allowed myself to have a little time to play with some of the tools I got for my birthday. I’ve tried etching with acid, using my disc cuttern and hammering letters into metal. All great fun!    

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Silver clay pagan-themed!

Karen and Debbie visited me on Sunday for a Enamelling on Silver Clay class. They are both Pagans and wanted to used the jewellery session to make something really special celebrating this. They had very specific design ideas. which we talked about and then tried out in play dough, finally we crafted them in silver
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Dates and Mini Summer school

So I have a had a busy day just doing admin, following up on craft enquiries, finalising dates with venues and organising my mini summer school. Looking forward to getting back in the studio to make! Here are the dates of the Mini Summer school and if you look on the external venue dates you’ll
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Crafting at Firstsite

Tuesday, saw my first class being taught at the much discussed (if you live in Colchester anyway) Firstsite, a £ multi million Arts Centre for Colchester, currently featuring an Andy Warhol exhibition, amongst others. The venue is a fabulous space and just perfect for teaching. Pete, Kirstin and Rosie made some fabulous pieces from silver
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Craft at FSC Flatford

6th- 8th May saw me teaching my first residential craft weekend at FSC Flatford Mill, during the weekend we explored the wonders of enamelling on copper – fusing glass to pre cut blanks and firing at temperatures of 750 degrees C and higher. Some wonderful items of jewellery were made. On the second evening we
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Platinum-rated tutor!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received over 50 five-star reviews from CraftCourses.com, which means I’m now a platinum-rated tutor. Many thanks to all my students for writing reviews, and here’s to the next 50!  

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Cloisonne Day

Today I’ve taken some time out to work on my cloisonne notes for classes. This piece has been made by layer some silver foil on to a copper blank, then applying flux and wire. Finally I have started to build colour using the wetpacking technique.      

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Another satisfied Enameller!

Sometimes going back to basics is just so satisfying. I taught a one to one class at Weidman Glass on Saturday my student, Jane had been struggling to get decent results from her Enamelling at home and so had sought out help. A couple of hours in and we’d troubleshooted enough to find the cause
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