Another Summer….

Well it’s been a while… Another summer seems to have come around and every Tuesday sees me back in Totnes between 9 and 3ish with my stall and dressed as an Elizabethan.

I have a couple of new venues – I have been going to Kennaway House in Sidmouth – my next excursion there will be on 15th June between 10 and 4. Along with other quality local crafts, there will be stalls displaying 4 different glass processes – Glass Blowing, Fused Glass, Lampwork and Stained Glass. That should be interesting and fun.

6th July sees me close to home at Abbotskerswell Village Hall. 10 – 3. This is an occasional market to showcase local crafters and artists. The girls have not been running it for long and it gets better every time, so if you are in the area do come along and support them.

13th July 10 – 3 and it’s The Strand Centre in Dawlish. This is based in the church in the Strand. Notable for it’s friendly atmosphere and bacon sandwiches! The cakes look pretty good too. 20 – 30 stalls selling everything from vegan soap, engraved glass, and candles to handmade cards, knitted booties and children’s cardigans.

Alongside all of this I have a permanent but changing display in Crafters of Dawlish. Located in Queen Street, this is a small community Business shop selling haberdashery, wool and requisites for other crafts and providing a selling platform for local artists and craftsmen. I also help out there every Wednesday morning.

Phew – I feel tired just thinking about it all. Now I have to think about a commission I have been given for a new shape of bead I have never made before….. I enjoy a challenge!

Summer is coming – more events!

Summer is coming and everything is starting to get organised for the weekly Elizabethan costumed market in Totnes, but before then I have a couple of new venues lined up.

Saturday 24th March, 10am – 12 noon, I shall be at Abbotskerswell Village hall for their Easter Fair

Tuesdays 3rd and 17th April, 10am – 3pm I shall be at the new Kingskerswell Market opposite the church…. This is a new venture for a village which is coming back to life after they completed the by-pass.  I wish them well and will support them when I can.

Every Tuesday from 1st May – end September 9am- 2,30pm  it’s back to the Elizabethan Costume in Totnes Market square.  The proceeds from this market are donated to various local charities, so it’s well worth having a day out in Totnes, coming to see us and having a mooch around this lovely town – it’s so alternative, it’s reputed to be twinned with Narnia!

Christmas Markets and Fairs

I shall be exhibiting at these Christmas Markets and Fairs

November 25th, 10.30 – 14.30   Bovey Homecrafters Fair,  Methodists Church hall, Bovey Tracey

December 2nd,  11.00 – 15.00    Dainton Park Golf Club Christmas fair, Ipplepen

December 3rd 10.00 – 16.00     Ullacombe farm Christmas Market, Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey

December 16th, 10.30 – 14.30   Bovey Homecrafters Fair,  Methodists Church hall, Bovey Tracey

Come and get the Christmas spirit, finish off your Christmas shopping with something unique to treasure or just come and have a chat and a mince pie.

ON Now until Sunday 24th September – Devon Artists Network Open Studios.

ON Now until Sunday  24th September – Devon Artists Network Open Studios.  Venue 107.  Download guide here.

I have moved my studio equipment  into the stable at  The Orchard.  The  Ideford Coombe home of my friend, potter Janet Street.   Come and visit me and find out how beads are made.   Have a chat.  Browse all my stock at your leisure. Discuss anything you would like to commission. 

See Janet’s lovely stoneware.  Maybe book in for workshops with her.  Drink tea or coffee, eat cake or cream tea in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Gluten free and Vegan diets catered for.

We are open 11.00am – 6.00pm, but  please note, for our sanity and to keep  our artistic magic flowing we will be closed for R and R, gardening and visiting our other artistic and crafty friends on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NEW range of Sand Beads & Sidmouth Folk Week

What an exciting few weeks it’s been. I’m just back from a fabulous time at Sidmouth Folk Week where I was exhibiting in the Masonic Hall and launched my new range of Sand Beads. These include genuine beach sand and come with a note to say which beach the sand came from. For technical reasons only pendants are available at the moment. But I’m working on producing a range of pieces when I’ve cracked the problems I’m having – maybe not the best choice of words for glass, but I’m sure you understand.

A variety of effects are produced due to the grain size, colour and chemical composition of different sands. I never cease to be amazed by this.

I also have little helpers out collecting samples of sand from other beaches over the summer holidays. If you have a favourite sea or river beach let me know and collect some sand for me – a couple of tablespoons full is quite enough.