Gift Vouchers now available

 

Hello & Season’s Greetings to you!

I’m delighted to say that our gift vouchers are now available.

Gift Vouchers


We hope it will make it a little easier to give the perfect present and many have asked so here they are.

There are 6 different card designs including a ‘Christmassy’ one, and you can set the value or choose a workshop option.  The vouchers are redeemable against any glass including a bespoke item or against half-day or full-day workshops. Full details.


Coming Soon!
The new 2017 workshop dat
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I’ll be taking my ‘pop-up’ shop to Shrewsbury Winter Festival next weekend, come along, there is lots to see and buy and entertainment for the kids too.  Bring your wellies just in case it’s as wet as last year.  And bring your voice; to join in the Carol Singing.

 

And finally, make a note to come and have a glass of mulled wine with me on 17th or 18th.

Cheers

jill

 

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The Christmas Countdown is on

So! Is this good news or bad? 

keep calm xmasJust a month to go to Christmas; and for most of us still a great long list of things to be done, not to mention School Fairs, Nativity Plays, Carol Concerts, Office Parties – we all want to cram so much in its no wonder that we collapse in a frazzled heap come Christmas Day.  And I have no idea why we do it, do you?  But do it we certainly do and usually its all in jolly good spirit!

I have a few more things planned before the big day: Two different school fairs and a 2-day Winter Festival in Shrewsbury which I did last year and in spite of all the rain (outside the marquee it was knee deep in mud) it was great fun.  It can’t be that wet again (fingers crossed) surely? Bring wellies if in doubt!


Then, just before Christmas, I’ll be inviting you to join me for mulled wine and a mince pie at my studio. Full details soonest.

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2016 edition Rudolf and new Santa, Christmas decorations


Rudolf the RN Reindeer has put in appearance here again and this year he’s got a new pal, Santa.  I only make a handful of these ornaments each year so they will always be very limited edition, each one has its own character as they are entirely hand made. They will be available online next week along with some new fabulously functional glass.

 

 

 

All pre-set workshop dates for 2016 are fully booked! However, I may be able to arrange some midweek Christmas Workshop. Just contact me and we can see! Take a creative break; come and make small gifts and a decoration or two.

Wishing you loads of energy to get through your Christmas ‘To Do Before’ list

jill

 

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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:

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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.

jill

 

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I know its a bit early ….

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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.

jill

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Contemporary Craft Exhibition

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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.

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

You really should take a look if you can.

jill

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August 2016 out and about

Hi there,

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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

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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
jill

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Fancy learning about glass fusing?

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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!

jill

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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.

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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

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