What’s happening at Giraffe Glass

Had an amazing day at Reaseheath College in Nantwich today for the Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair.  Looking forward to another lovely event tomorrow in Holmes Chapel for their annual Christmas event in the town square.  Hope to see you there!

Had a great day at Clonter Theatre Fair yesterday.  Met lots of lovely people in gorgeous surroundings.  The Theatre itself is very different to any I have seen before.  It is situated in a beautiful old barn, which has a lovely quirky and cosy feel to it.  I would definitely go there again to see one of their theatre/opera performances.  As we were packing up our tables, we were listening to a pianist and a young man singing opera.  Amazing day.

Clonter Theatre Fair

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Giraffe Glass will have a stall at Clonter Theatre for their fair on September 2nd, 10am till 4pm.  Along with other arts and crafts stalls, there will be a dog show, car boot sale, classic car club, musical entertainment and refreshments and even a fortune teller.  This will be a lovely day out for the family.  Check out Clonter’s website for all their upcoming events www.clonter.org

Summer Fair

If you live in or around Holmes Chapel, please come along to the summer fair on July 8th, 12 till 5pm.  It is being held at The Victoria Club and promises to be a great afternoon.  Giraffe Glass will be there with lots of lovely items for sale.  Look out for the purple gazebo!

Not the Best Day

A few weeks ago my kiln temperature controller failed, and my kiln imploded.
It was a sad day.  However, there is always a silver lining – My husband (and Technician) now has the project of replacing parts and trying to bring the old kiln back to life.  And, I now have two new kilns.  One for fusing, and a beautiful little purple beadmaking kiln.

Work Experience Students

I have started taking on Art and Design students from the local college for work experience and others who want to learn a new skill to add to their portfolio.  It has been great fun and the students have produced some lovely work.

             

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  I spent lots of time in the studio making hearts.

Please pop down to The Print Room in Holmes Chapel to see my new heart dishes and decorations.  They will make lovely presents for Valentines Day.

The Print Room – Holmes Chapel

The Print Room, in the centre of Holmes Chapel has very kindly offered to display some of my glass in their shop, so if you are looking for some Christmas presents then please go and have a look.

On the gallery page you can see the current full range of framed pictures. Other items available in the shop include key ring charms and bowls.  If you see something you like, but would like it in a different colour, please ask.  All items are hand made and no two items will look the same.

At the moment I am planning to do some fairs, but I am hoping to be able to set up an on-line presence next year.  In the meantime I will be busy in the studio!  My cat Nikita likes looking in the window when I am working.

Holmes Chapel Christmas Fair

Thank you to all the lovely people of Holmes Chapel who visited our stall at the Christmas Fair yesterday evening. We had a great time.  All the products we sell are hand made from glass.  The flower pictures and bowls are made from glass powders and finely crushed glass which is fused together in a kiln.  Beads and pendants are made from rods and sheets of glass cut to shape or melted in a flame.  I am planning to attend more fairs next year and will publish dates when they are available.  In the meantime, if you have a particular request, please don’t hesitate to ask.

New Beginnings

Welcome to my website and my studio (at the back of my garage in the garden).

After taking a couple of courses in lamp work (glass bead making) and fusing (using a kiln to make bowls, coasters, jewellery) many years ago, I excitedly gathered all the equipment and tools I could manage and began my new hobby.  My very first pieces that came out of the kiln made my heart sink…

Maybe I hadn’t taken the courses seriously enough, maybe I was just rubbish at it, maybe I shouldn’t have drunk any wine beforehand…  However, I persevered and in my first year made lots of lovely items that I gave as gifts or sold.

A few years went by and I had moved house three times, once into a flat and the final time into a house that needed complete renovation.  I found myself working in a secondary school finance office and spent four years taking AAT exams which I passed, and then decided to resign to help my husband with his own consultancy business.  During all of this time, the glass work was put on hold and equipment put into storage.

I was lucky enough last year to get everything out and set up into a newly made studio.  Because of the break, I feel like I have a fresh perspective and lots of new ideas.  I am older (!) and maybe a bit more confident (although still pretty unsociable).  I have realised that I don’t enjoy making jewellery that much, but I do enjoy using glass powders and frits and making more abstract designs.

In a couple of weeks time on Sunday 3rd December I will be at the Holmes Chapel Christmas Fair with a selection of items on display, my first fair in a long while.  Until then, I will be developing this new website and my ideas and products.  Watch this space!

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