Communications from a Crafter

Christmas at Christmas

The year is progressing at a terribly fast rate. I have a granddaughter who was born in January and is now 9 months old. How does that happen?

I have been working hard to prepare my goodies for Christmas. I showed my Christmas trees in August – I have now made about 100 and I’m hoping they’ll all be different!

However, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a lampwork creature and this year it’s Father Christmas’s. There are short, fat ones, tall, slim ones just as in real life. Although I use the same red glass rods for all of them each rod softens differently and the glass flows better in some than others. The Santa’s are made like beads so they have a hole through their middles and are hung with coloured thread. I have made about 40 but am working hard to make enough for the season. With 10 more craft fairs to attend before Christmas I need enough supplies to last.

Father Christmas

If you’d like to visit me at a fair here’s the list:

19th Oct – Witney Corn Exchange

26th Oct – Henley Town Hall

2nd Nov – Banbury Town Hall

9th, 10th Nov – Hatton, Warwickshire

16th Nov – Chipping Norton Town Hall

23rd Nov – Carrdus School, Banbury

24th Nov – Cropredy Art Group Exhibition

30th Nov – Banbury Town Hall

7th Dec – Towcester Town Hall

I look forward to seeing you at one of these locations



Christmas in August

If you are a crafter then you always have to begin your Christmas designs well ahead of time, especially if you want to make more than one of anything. I am in the process of making glass Christmas tree decorations. I started off by making 50 but I have two venues other than my craft fairs to sell at so I’ve gone for 100 instead!

Christmas trees 2019

This is a selection and I’m trying to achieve 100 different colour combo’s, – I can but try.  They are all made from transparent glass so the light, either natural or candles, will shine through the rich colours. I have become aware that some folk like the traditional reds and greens but others like blues so there is a wide variety of colours.

I’ll be selling them from the end of October so if you’d like one hot out of the kiln, in your own colours get in touch soon.

If you’d like to come and make one then that’s a special workshop you can do. I’ll mix it with other pieces too so come and have Christmas fun.

I am delighted to have a stand at this event on Sunday. The fair is full of goodies to try, demonstrations to watch and lots to buy. Having craft stalls there this year is a new venture so it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.

Because of the subject of the fair I have been majoring on dishes which folk might like to display their goodies on.

Serving dish bluesServing dish grey streak

Serving dish black and colours

Apart from these three serving dishes I have another patchwork one (but it’s in the kiln so not on show just yet). I also have two dipping dishes:

Triple dish black grey   Triple dish blues

Added to that both teaspoon rests and larger spoon rests in many colours I have a riot of colourful and vaguely useful glass to enjoy.

Added to all of the above, despite the changing forecasts it looks like it’s going to be a dry day. Yippee

Patchwork serving dish

I get inspiration from lots of different places and sometimes just an idea can spark a design. ‘Patchwork’ triggered my latest activity.

Patchwork serving dish

I had great fun putting this together, using pre-curved, S-shaped stringers, extra dots, yellow scraps and other lovely bits from my glass boxes. The one overwhelming reality about this piece is that it is completely unique. In fact it was only out of the kiln for a few hours before it was sold, so, if you’d like one let me know what colours you’d like and I can make you your own patchwork dish.

I’ve been making other dishes too, ready for my stall at Banbury’s Food and Drink Fair on Sunday 18th August. I’m looking forward to being able to share my goodies with the crowds who come to the fair. There will be lots of food and drink to try too, of course.






Special glass themes

I am attending a few different craft fairs over the next few weeks so I thought I’d make some themed pieces.

At the beginning of August I am going to Shabbington Steam Fair, near Thame. In respect of that I have made a couple of steam trains, a couple of ‘I love trains’ hangers and a traction engine. These are all two dimensional and very much a representation rather than an accurate artistic reproduction. But, as with many of my pieces, they are colourful and fun.

Train blue.jpg

In mid August I am going to Banbury Food & Drink Fair. Now, I’m not selling food – (although I do make a fab clotted cream fudge!) but I have been making a series of serving dishes which I will show nearer the time.

Looking forward to some hot sunny weather -( in which I will be making lampwork Father Christmas’s – yes I know it’s July but I need to start making Christmas stuff as early as I can!). These will be available from October along with other Christmas goodies I am working on.

Father Christmas 2019


July’s joys

Just when I thought I had the right idea about numbers of craft fairs to book ( two a month maybe!) I find myself booked out for four consecutive weekends in July. I didn’t mean to do that but I am looking forward to four new venues at which to show my wares.

One idea that I update each year is my music curve. I choose two tunes each year and I make them into stand-alone pieces. This one is ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ – hence the brown colours of a woodland, my other tune is ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’. I have been especially creative with that piece as the stave lines curve like a wave. However, the photograph looks very confusing so I when I have worked at my photography I’ll post a picture. This is real music – the notes are the actual tune but not all tunes lend themselves to this particular art form. I work through the music carefully to try and make pieces that are interesting to look at as well as correct.Music curve Teddy Bear's Picnic 1

So I look forward to seeing you at my events:

July 13th – Hanfest, Hanwell, nr Banbury

July 20th/21st – Cosgrove Canal Days nr Milton Keynes

July 27th – Abingdon Craft Market

August 3rd/4th – Shabbington Steam Fair, nr Thame

And I am always happy to discuss a commission with you if there’s that unique something that you would like for someone special.

Banbury Art Fest


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I am delighted to say that I will be attending Banbury Art Fest on Sunday in Spiceball Park with my colourful glass. The event is part of the Banbury & District Show. The weather is going to be lovely so come along and say Hello. I’m looking forward to meeting up with friends and other artists from the local area. We are a talented bunch! (and modest of course).

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