About Me

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I live in a small market town in the South West, with my husband and our cocker spanial called Lacey.We have one son.I have a small Ceramic studio and also am a U.K Lampworker. I have a studio which I produce handmade ceramics and lampwork glass jewellery, along with silver work. I attend craft fairs and sell in local galleries.I do one to one sessions on Ceramics, Basic silver smithing and Beginners Lampwork. My lampwork can be seen on my website or Flicker page under Avalon Designs.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

That's today Sorted

Realising that I have a show in 4 weeks and need stock. I am head down today, well after breakfast.Paints at the ready, patterns on dishes and off we go......

Monday, 25 April 2011

Fishcombe Cove

What a beautiful Easter, weather sunny and Brixham was lovely as usual. Nice people, brilliant scenery and super food and drink.
Fishcombe Cove is such a lovely secluded shingle beach with the cliffs falling down into the waters below. Look into the rock pools and see the seaweed, shells murinni and maybe an odd jelly fish. I have captured this in a glass pendant, finished off with Sterling Silver findings.
More pictures on my Flicker, it is difficult to capture this stunning pendent in a photo.
It has been made so you can see through the water and has gold flakes and silver glass giving it the mirror look, when the sun shines in the water. If you are ever in Brixham, go and visit Fishcombe Cove it is truly lovely.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Artisan Lampwork Beads and Tubelined Ceramics.

As you see I have added my other site to this one, so I will also be putting updates with my ceramic creations combined onto this blog.
I have been making and selling ceramics for over 15 years now and my main ceramic designes are tube lining. I also write projects for Mayco to put in there community section, to help others with ceramics. My ceramics can be bought at Fairs that I attend or by emailing me.
I also love doing hand building work with clay.
The above platter is 16" round and was made for a wedding present.
I hope to add projects and ideas to the blog in the near future.
So here begins a new partnership for Avalon Designes, both Glass meets ceramics.
Also the odd update on my garden birds.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Cabs, Silver and Birds

As a update for those waiting for the Ringneck dove to hatch. Well she lost one egg which fell out of the nest and then the other one fell out, but I managed to save it on Monday and returned it to the nest. Mother sat on it and it hatched yesterday 6th April.
Then this morning, the nest was wrecked and the baby gone. Something had attacked the nest overnight....but what?

I have spent a day learning how to do silverwork, with the talented George Harper - East in Cirencester. I made some glass cabachons, which I took with me to have them set in silver.

I chose two from this group and this is what I made, with lots of help from George.
I then went onto The Falkland Arms at Great Tew, Chipping Norton, where my son Richard and Kate his partner are landlady and landlord.
 Not forgetting  Jazz their dog, who just keeps an eye on things.It is a Beautiful place like something off a chocolate box and I can recommend the accomodation and food.

 So I have had a lovely couple of days, now home to get busy in the studio.