I've been very busy this week - working on some more Time & Tide beads, getting to grips with my fusing schedules for my big kiln and making some jewellery. I spent Thursday making beautiful deep blue beads from a smashed up bottle I brought back from holiday last year and today turning them into a necklace with sterling silver and gorgeous turquoise discs. I don't have a photo as I've just finished the necklace but I promise I'll show it soon.
Instead, I have some photos that I took a week ago on a one day workshop with Charlie Waite and Anthony Spencer of Light and Land. It was a little daunting for me as these guys are fabulous photographers; Anthony is currently Landscape Photographer of the Year and Charlie has been in the past. My husband, Simon, is also a fantastic photographer. I love taking photos but glass is my real passion and I can't compete with any of them! So I was a bit worried that I would be out of my depth and feel a bit of a fraud.
I was wrong, however, as Charlie and Anthony were very encouraging and didn't seem to mind that some of us on the course weren't as experienced (or skilled) as others. I can highly recommend Light and Land if you want to develop your skills or just spend some time learning about how professionals set up their photos. We spent the day at Stourhead which is a beautiful National Trust property in Wiltshire. The day was a bit on the grey side (don't you just love the English summer?) but I am quite pleased with how these turned out.
And finally, my lovely friend Becky has been interviewed by UK Handmade - its a great article so please have a look and don't forget to check out her beads too!