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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.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Handmade or Assembled

I know that this a very touchy subject, but for many lampwork Artisan, it is difficult to find fairs or places to sell, that understand Handmade to those items that are assembled.
Speaking for myself, I have had a few organisers, who will not take anymore jewellers, but then many, do not handmake there items, but assemble. I know that this is also an art, but if you actually make the glass cabachons or beads and then the silver work, there is a lot more effort and work in the item and the cost should reflect this.
I also understand that there needs to be prices for every ones pockets, in this time of people worrying regarding jobs and morgages.
For those of you that may read my blog, could you bear in mind, that we who make Hand made are proud of that and your help to promote, truly handmade, helps Community Crafts and skills stay alive and grow.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Holiday is over, Now back to work.

I have just had two super weeks in Greece (Zante) the sea was so warm and the accomodation was really good.
I didn't waste all my time on the sunbeds. I took my tools and some work with me and made a bracelet and a necklace, they will be in my Etsy shop soon.

Will blog again next week, with more items from Avalon Designs.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Aqua Ring

I made a really lovely cabachone in aqua colours, thought it would make a nice ring to match the rest of the set.
The silver really sets thi one off. I think this one will stay with me.......

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Aqua Sea Necklace.

Thought I would make up a crystal and aqua marine Necklace, for my holidays. I love the colour of this glass and can see more things are going to come out of the studio in it.
Shame that it can only be purchased from America.
The necklace has a silver heart toggle clasp on it and falls in line with the breast bone, it is really comfortable to wear.