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.      

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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Bead release face pack

This weekend I have finally had time to do a little experimenting in my workshop. Yesterday I played with molten glass, making some flameworks beads and being inspired by Laura Sparling’s tutorial in Making Jewellery Magazine. Today I have mostly been making silver clay rings, experimenting with setting stones and also using leaves as I
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Firstsite classes with Curly Girly Crafts

I am really pleased to announce that I will be teaching classes at Firstsite soon. These will initially cover the basics of Enamelling, Feltmaking, Encaustic Art and Silver Clay but will be built on if there are lots of people interested! You can currently book by phoning FIRSTSITE, Colchester – 01206 577067 – hopefully they
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Busy days and flamework fun.

I’ve had a busy few weeks of classes (including my first at FSC Flatford Mill), planning and getting organised at home…oh and now the Easter holidays! Today I’ve finally had a chance to have play in my workshop. I have been experimenting with various Flamework tools (lampwork) such as a cabochon mandrel, ribbon mandrel and
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21st Birthday fun

I managed to squeeze a party of 4 into my workshop on Friday for a Silver Clay Beginner’s class, it certainly helped to make the workshop more cosy and what a talented bunch! I hope you had a lovely birthday Sally and you all wear your makes with pride. For those that haven’t come
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Encaustic art with the Brownies

Tonight I will be teaching 1st Prettygate Brownies the wonder of Encaustic art – that is painting with an iron! I know the girls will love it and I cannot wait to see what they paint, I just hope they aren’t as messy as the last lot of Brownies I taught. We’ll be making Mother’s
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Enamelling fun at the Old Bank

Today I ran a very busy class in Harwich teaching 7.5 ladies (the half was the proprietor Bev who had to pop in and out of class whilst she made us a scrumptious lunch) the art of Enamelling. As you can see from the photo many techniques were covered including swirling, wet packing, applying glass
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Enamelling and half term fun

This week has mostly seen me having creative adventures with my daugters: drawing on Walton beach, making creatures from toilet rolls, and generally having fun. However there was still time to squeeze in another class with Deborah, before she goes back to work. Today we looked at Enamelling, which it the fusion of glass;
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Adventures with Firstsite

Had a very exciting meeting with Firstsite yesterday, I will keep you posted on the outcome. They are soon to have an Andy Warhol exhibition which should bring plenty of people to Colchester. We really need to start celebrating our town – it has a lot going for it!