Have a Gorgeous Christmas

Christmas is less than 10 weeks away!  Here are a couple of alternative suggestions for avoiding the crush of the High Street on Saturdays or the frustration of crashed websites on Black Friday:



Imagine spending a few hours doing something creative, unwinding and enjoying yourself while making gorgeous little gifts & unique decorations for Christmas. Come with a friend or two and have even more fun. After all, you deserve a bit of a break. Christmas workshops

Do you like the idea of buying locally produced, hand-made, artisan products with the added bonus of knowing it benefits the community in which you live?  Look for quality local events; artisan craft shows and local farmer’s markets are great.
And the ‘Christmas Fair’ at your local school, church or community hall may offer the chance to pick up cards, wrap and stocking filler gifts as well as fresh & locally made cakes, mince pies, jams and chutneys.

In Shropshire, you might like our ‘Gorgeous Christmas Contemporary Craft Fair’, an annual event, now well established in the Christmas calendar. gorgeous-2015_1

Held at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale (Ironbridge) and organised by The Ironbridge Museums Trust and The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, there will be ‘skilled craftspeople and artisans from across the West Midlands showcasing a huge variety of handmade designs and individual artworks’ (I couldn’t put it better myself).  Meet the maker and know the inspiration for the piece.

Take a look at Gorgeous 19th and 20th November make a note of the date now (I’ll be there!)

Let me be the first to wish you a Gorgeously Merry (and less stressful) Christmas.




I know its a bit early ….





a little Robin has just hopped by studio to remind me to tell you that Christmas Workshop dates are now available to book; full details and information on Christmas workshops



You can make your own little gifts and Christmas decorations to give or to keep; perhaps a set of coasters, a trinket dish and matching coaster, individual trinket trays & dishes, picture tiles or you could make several decorations. Perfect little gifts & stocking fillers and fun to make. Find out more.

And don’t forget, if you want to arrange a group booking (just 2-4 people) and the dates don’t suit you – just tweet… er I mean, call, 07941 232218, or email me.





BCTF day 2


Contemporary Craft Exhibition

Guild poster 2016 press'jpg.

glass tapestry
My Tapestry in Glass Number 1

Hi there,

For the next month I’m participating in a fabulous exhibition of Contemporary Craft by members of The Shropshire Guild  at The Willow Gallery in Oswestry.  Its a cracking show, some gorgeous interpretations and modern twists on age old craft skills.

Most work is for sale and the gallery serves lovely breakfasts, lunches and light bites in The Willow Eatery.  Ooh and hot chocolate to die for!


Below: Sue Christian’s fabulous hand weaves, Caroline Bennett’s statement ceramics, Rob Shelton’s living wood furniture & Nicola Haigh’s vibrant, hand painted, batik silk.

Sue Christian Caroline Bennett Rob SheltonNicola Haigh





Plus lots more; glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, jewellery etc.

You really should take a look if you can.



August 2016 out and about

Hi there,

SGCC at SFS 2016
Where to find me – with the Shropshire Guild

I mentioned before I had a busy August; out and about and here’s what I’m up to.

On 12th & 13th I’m at Shrewsbury Flower Show, with The Shropshire Guild, in our own ‘Contemporary Designer Craft’ marquee. Advance tickets now available.
In our marquee there will be silver and gold smiths selling beautiful one-off designer jewellery, gorgeous contemporary ceramics; sculptures and vessels, rich, hand painted silks and textile art, hand bound leather books and cards, unique steam punk wood & metal sculpture and, alongside me, a glass artist who creates her own gorgeous images to screen print onto glass; very different to my own technique.  Come and see us!


I am again exhibiting at Church Stretton Arts Festival, August 2nd – 13th. Celebrating its 50th year it’s well worth a visit, loads to see, hear and be entertained by.  I will be stewarding in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition at the School on Wednesday 3rd from 4pm to close.

Guild poster 2016 press'jpg.


From 6th August right through to 17th September, the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Crafts has it’s Biennial exhibition at The Willow Gallery in Oswestry and some of my work will be included.  Its a great gallery with ever changing exhibitions, entertainment and workshops.
To top that, they serve a hot chocolate to die for in their cafe.





It’s Official

Adding further to the buzz in the Fusing Ideas Studio, I have just been accepted to show at the British Craft Trade Fair in London during September!  I am alternating between ‘can’t sit still’ excitement and being scared witless!  But it will be alright on the night. Here’s my page, what d’ ya think?
I will have some trade tickets soon so let me know if you want one? 

Follow me on facebook or twitter for updates.jill

Chat soon



Creativity is Contagious…

Hi there,

I’m loving the inspiration and enthusiasm from my students, its contagious. My 2 fab ladies last weekend were firing ‘what if’ questions at me left, right and centre and they really seemed to enjoy themselves; I know I did.

And I’ve just added more glass fusing experience workshops to the dates & bookings page. 
From September the workshop prices are increasing slightly (due to a glass price rise), however, class sizes remain small, maximum 3 people, so you will still get excellent value for money and plenty of glass to play with.  
And there are still a few places left at old prices in August!

And don’t forget,if published dates don’t suit you, call me and we can arrange a date that fits with us both – for 2 or more people.

fusing workshop

in the kiln
Fusing workshop last weekend; students experimenting with volume and texture.

glass experiance


Love this quote from Albert Einstein “Creativity is contagious, pass it on”.  Meanwhile, I’m getting ready for a busy August.
Follow me on facebook or twitter for more snippets.

Chat soon


Fancy learning about glass fusing?

Students projects
Students projects

Hi there,

Wow! Massive interest in my beginner’s fusing workshops at The Big Arts Show last weekend; I’m so delighted that so many people want to have a go at different arts & crafts and it will be really great to give them a chance to try their hand at fusing.

I run half day (3 hour) tasters and full day (7 hours incl. lunch) beginners’ workshops, for those who would like to learn basic principles and make some fused glass projects of their own.
I supply all you need and you’ll soon be cutting glass and putting together your projects; which you will leave with me to fuse and slump (shape) and collect at a later date (or can be posted).

There are details and dates here.  Dates are limited so if you have a group of 2 or 3 (4 if you are good friends) contact me (email or phone) to arrange a specific day. Or check back in the future when new dates are available.

It’s not scary and it’s not rocket science – however – I should perhaps warn you, you could get hooked!



The Big Arts Show 2016

Hi there,

This weekend, July 1st to 3rd, you’ll find me at the Big Arts Show in Shrewsbury.  I have been busy making a new range of glass using a ‘tapestry’ technique.  Its a little different to what I normally do, with a few more stages in the processing.  I love the effects I’m getting and I hope you do to.  Come and have a look because the pictures I have so far do not do it justice.

All visitors to my stand at the show (I’m in marquee number 1 with The Shropshire Guild) will get a voucher for 10% off any purchase (except fusing workshops) from this website up to 31st October this year.

There’s lots to see at the show, not least awesome designer crafts from my friends in The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, plus arts & crafts from all over the Uk.  Also, demos throughout the weekend.

Hope to see you there.jill


Shropshire Hills Art Week and ‘Showing Off’

I have been busy creating some new plates and wall art using a brand new technique I studied earlier this year.  The technique called ‘tapestry’ is a way of preparing, cutting and layering glass to give an unusual woven effect and a gorgeous interaction of colour. Here’s a peak in situ.

IMG_2969crop IMG_2971cropIMG_2970crop

See them at Shropshire Hills Art Week until Sunday and at Showing Off (with fellows of the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft) on Sunday at Ludlow Brewery.

Hope to meet you there.



CGS Exhibition


Hi there!

Earlier this month I made my first submission to a Contemporary Glass Society online exhibition, ‘Perfectly Practical ( Functional Ware)’.  I felt I really should as its practically my tag line; fabulously functional. 

And I am thrilled to have been accepted.

Blue Waves (Margic Carpet)
Fabulous and functional Blue Waves dish

My entry is ‘Blue Waves’ not least because I love everything about this piece; the colour, the shape, the way my idea with the coloured inclusions worked, right down to the gorgeous photograph taken by the master Simon Bruntnell.

See all the exhibits at CGS Perfectly Practical functional ware   

See you soon



By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.