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Crafting at Firstsite

Tuesday, saw my first class being taught at the much discussed (if you live in Colchester anyway) Firstsite, a £ multi million Arts Centre for Colchester, currently featuring an Andy Warhol exhibition, amongst others. The venue is a fabulous space and just perfect for teaching. Pete, Kirstin and Rosie made some fabulous pieces from silver
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Craft at FSC Flatford

6th- 8th May saw me teaching my first residential craft weekend at FSC Flatford Mill, during the weekend we explored the wonders of enamelling on copper – fusing glass to pre cut blanks and firing at temperatures of 750 degrees C and higher. Some wonderful items of jewellery were made. On the second evening we
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Platinum-rated tutor!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received over 50 five-star reviews from CraftCourses.com, which means I’m now a platinum-rated tutor. Many thanks to all my students for writing reviews, and here’s to the next 50!  

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Cloisonne Day

Today I’ve taken some time out to work on my cloisonne notes for classes. This piece has been made by layer some silver foil on to a copper blank, then applying flux and wire. Finally I have started to build colour using the wetpacking technique.      

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Another satisfied Enameller!

Sometimes going back to basics is just so satisfying. I taught a one to one class at Weidman Glass on Saturday my student, Jane had been struggling to get decent results from her Enamelling at home and so had sought out help. A couple of hours in and we’d troubleshooted enough to find the cause
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Bead release face pack

This weekend I have finally had time to do a little experimenting in my workshop. Yesterday I played with molten glass, making some flameworks beads and being inspired by Laura Sparling’s tutorial in Making Jewellery Magazine. Today I have mostly been making silver clay rings, experimenting with setting stones and also using leaves as I
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Firstsite classes with Curly Girly Crafts

I am really pleased to announce that I will be teaching classes at Firstsite soon. These will initially cover the basics of Enamelling, Feltmaking, Encaustic Art and Silver Clay but will be built on if there are lots of people interested! You can currently book by phoning FIRSTSITE, Colchester – 01206 577067 – hopefully they
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Busy days and flamework fun.

I’ve had a busy few weeks of classes (including my first at FSC Flatford Mill), planning and getting organised at home…oh and now the Easter holidays! Today I’ve finally had a chance to have play in my workshop. I have been experimenting with various Flamework tools (lampwork) such as a cabochon mandrel, ribbon mandrel and
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21st Birthday fun

I managed to squeeze a party of 4 into my workshop on Friday for a Silver Clay Beginner’s class, it certainly helped to make the workshop more cosy and what a talented bunch! I hope you had a lovely birthday Sally and you all wear your makes with pride. For those that haven’t come across
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Encaustic art with the Brownies

Tonight I will be teaching 1st Prettygate Brownies the wonder of Encaustic art – that is painting with an iron! I know the girls will love it and I cannot wait to see what they paint, I just hope they aren’t as messy as the last lot of Brownies I taught. We’ll be making Mother’s
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