Monday, November 30, 2009


I just got a confirmation by letter that two of my pieces are in the next Lark book, "500 Gemstone Jewels"!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Here I am in Dundee for the ACJ show and I forgot to put the battery back in my camera...


The show is very interesting. Met loads of people last night and took a few commissions, which is excellent. I really, really like Dundee, so it is a great pity that I don't have the camera, especially as I saw a collision of posters which read "3 for 4 offer on" "Social Workers". You had to be there...

Friday, November 20, 2009


I've been free to make things again, now that all the constraints are off!
Here is a bracelet I made earlier in the week:

Auger Bit Bracelet 1

From some beautiful auger bits given to me by one of my students:


I have a plan for the rest!

fruit-flavoured gems

Surprising to say, but I was running out of large gemstones to use as features on my work, so I bought some more. This sample arrived today:

Fruity Gems 1

from a new supplier in Thailand whom I have not used before. I will be using him again! These were very reasonably priced and are absolutely beautiful. (2 x Amethyst; 1 x Green Quartz; 2 x Czochralski Chrysoberyl/Alexandrite).

Sunday, November 08, 2009

from edinburgh

The pictures I promised yesterday!

Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Lyceum Ceiling

The top is a picture of the banners which were all round the outside of the theatre and the second is the ceiling of the lovely auditorium.

confessions of a justified sinner

I've just got back from Edinburgh where I went to see the Lyceum Theatre Company perform a stage version of my favourite book, one of those things which just shouldn't really be possible - on the grounds of complexity of the text - but which worked incredibly well and was absolutely gripping. My only complaints would be: 1) The acting overall was a bit "shouty" and; 2) The passages which were contemporary in the book - the opening and closing narratives - were made contemporary to 2009 with a couple of pantomime-style policemen... Fortunately, the pantomime police were only in it twice for a total of about five minutes out of two and a half hours!

Never having been in the Lyceum theatre before, I was really surprised at what a beautiful place it is. Pictures tomorrow.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

and this entices me in?

Occasionally, spam email really makes me laugh, usually because it is so utterly schoolboy smutty. It is rare to be lured into opening a spam message because it reads like Edward Lear...

(Subject) Mr Quangle Wangle Quee
(Body) And they went to sea in a Sieve

Fortunately, I am not intrigued enough to open the link attached after the body text.