Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Goodbye 2008.... Hello 2009!

So, it's the end of another year. The older I get the quicker they pass by!

While I was busily making jewellery today I was thinking about all that has happened in 2008. Here are a few of my 2008 glassy highlights;

  • My fabulous trip to Venice and Murano in May where I saw the glass masters at work.
  • Having my first project accepted by Bead Magazine. (To be published on 21st Jan 2009)
  • Developing my "Fossil Series" of beads.
  • Learning new techniques, including implosions.
  • Being featured as Artist of the Month on Frit Happens.
  • Visiting Ray Skene's fabulous studio at The Model House.
  • Learning to encase beads. (Thank you Lorna!)
  • Mastering Jens Pind Linkage! (Thank you George)
  • Creating my first pieces of silver.
  • Raising £3200 for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by auctioning eight pieces of jewellery. (Next auction taking place in January 2009!)
  • Being part of the very first UK Flame Off at Towcester in April.
  • Attending my first Art in Action event in July.
  • The International Glass Festival in Stourbridge in August.
  • Being included in the Frit Happens 2009 Calendar as Miss January!
  • Creating a piece of jewellery for Samantha Janus, and receiving a personal thank you.
  • Being featured in the Spotlight slot at
  • Having my work accepted in the Gallery of the Jinney Ring Craft Centre.
  • Meeting lots of fellow glassheads and making some good friends.

Wow, that was quite a year!

On the non-glassy front the best thing that has happened for me is getting a brand new job, just 15 minutes up the road, which I start on January 5th!

So that's that then, 2008 is almost over. Soon we'll have a brand new year to make our mark on. I hope it's a good one for all of us. Happy New Year!


ChatElaine said...

You have had a great old year I hope the New one brings you another, Happy 2009!

BeadyPool said...

Happy new year - all the best with your new job Vx