In 1992 I purchased a magazine to read while I was on the bus going to Leeds. On the front cover was a DIY earring kit which I quickly assembled using a pair of tweezers out of my handbag – this I could do!
My new hobby was born and I have been making jewellery for friends and family ever since.
Years later I started working for my Mother-In-Law, Val, at her Stained Glass Centre. We wanted the people who visited us to be able to see something been made, Health and Safety regulations made workshop tours out of the question.
What we needed was something glass related that could be made in a small corner of our exhibition room, but what?
Glass blowing? No, this would require too much space.
Fusing? Not much to demonstrate, as once it’s in the kiln you can’t see what’s going on.
Lampworking? Perfect, combine my jewellery making hobby with our love of glass.