Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 14th March in the UK this year, which was a surprise to me, as I thought it was later in the month. Never mind, there's still plenty of time to find the perfect gift. I’ve included some ideas here, but you can see the full range of my designs in … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Sea glass earrings

It's been a while since I made any new sea glass designs, and as I've had a couple of fairly well-matched pieces set aside for earrings since last year, I thought it was time I did something with them. It's quite difficult to find two pieces of sea glass that are similar enough in size, … Continue reading Sea glass earrings

Adventures in Enamel

I mentioned in my last post that I recently acquired a small electric kiln, so that I could start using vitreous enamels. I’ve spent a fair bit of the intervening time getting to grips with Kenny the Kiln, as I have named it. It’s been a bit of a learning curve, not least because the … Continue reading Adventures in Enamel

Late Winter Gifts

With all the focus on Christmas, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that people do have birthdays in January in February. I speak as someone with a birthday in early February! Whether you're planning well ahead, or need something quickly, I have some designs that are particularly appropriate for late winter birthdays. Silver … Continue reading Late Winter Gifts

Welcome to 2021

Happy New Year! I'm just getting back into gear after a very busy November and December, followed by a much-needed break over Christmas. My Etsy shop is now open and fully stocked again, with a couple of new designs as well as some firm favourites. 2021 doesn't look like being that much different from 2020, … Continue reading Welcome to 2021

Three New Sea Glass Designs

I've been busy with custom orders for the past couple of weeks, but I have also found time to finish some more of my melted silver and sea glass pendants. I love making these. I start with a small heap of silver offcuts - bits left over from other jobs. I heat them with my … Continue reading Three New Sea Glass Designs

The Tin Shed Summer ArtFest

Alan Taylor, Artist - Renard the Forever Alert Fox The Tin Shed is a new virtual venue for LoveArtNorthEast’s pop up fairs and exhibitions. This group of North East artists and makers usually holds regular art markets in Newcastle, together with a number of seasonal and one-off events. None of this has been possible this … Continue reading The Tin Shed Summer ArtFest

Falling Leaves

It's still officially summer, despite the weather today feeling more like October. However, the nights are definitely drawing in now, and there is a backend-ish feeling in the air. I'm not a lover of late summer, and I'm already looking forward russet and golden leaves, misty mornings, and cosy log fires. In anticipation of autumn, … Continue reading Falling Leaves

Barley and Wheat

I made this silver and ceramic pendant using a piece of sea-weathered pottery from a beach in Fife, Scotland. I count it as one of my luckier beachcombing finds, because it's a fairly regular shape, and the ear of wheat just sits in a nice diagonal across the surface. So many pieces of sea glass … Continue reading Barley and Wheat

Moon Gazing Hares

I made the first of these moon gazing hare designs back in the spring, and they have proved very popular with my customers. I have gradually been adding new items and variations, and have plans for more, as and when I have time. The collection was inspired by the hares who are regular visitors to … Continue reading Moon Gazing Hares