A little Introduction and a few words about my inspiration
A brief introduction to the maker behind the brand, and a bit about my business Handmade Retro Jewellery!
A little bit about me!
Let me inttoduce myself – Im Sarah Kay, an artist from the Shetland Islands. Which is the most northerly set off Islands belonging to the UK
I work from my studio located in Scalloway, Shetland which is open to visitors. It is situated next to my large hillside garden which is also open to visitors as part of Scotlands gardens, raising money for charity.
I am delighted to be part of The British craft house and thank you for looking at my shop! Please note it will be kept up to date and fully sticked with new items as they become available.
Well, what strange times we are living in at the moment. I was, like most people, at a bit of a loss and feeling very unnerved by the whole Covid 19 situation. I love doing Craft Fairs….love them. Love meeting the customers, the other traders (they always tend to be so friendly, helpful and supportive), talking to people about my work and hopefully selling some items and I had some lovely fairs booked for this year. Then covid 19 happened and everything was cancelled or postponed and I felt at a complete loss and so I started to think about what else I could do. If I’m honest I’d avoided On-line shops. I’d looked at Etsy but it seemed to be soooo big and I couldn’t work out how my items would ever be found amongst all the other seller’s work. Then I started to see The British Craft House pop up on Facebook and Instagram and I looked at the site and talked to Willow and Twigg who follow on Instagram who already sells on here. The support offered by TBCH is brilliant; Dottie, who set the site up, is a wealth of knowledge and the whole TBCH team are friendly and helpful. After a bit of umming and Aahing I decided now was the time to take the plunge and so here I am! HELLO! I’m Sue, I live in Lyme Regis, I love glass (my grandad and great grandad both worked with glass), I still get very excited about designing new stained glass items and I never tire of making stained glass. I love everything about it, each step of the process from design to polishing and I always get a little thrill when I see the finished product. Last Autumn I started to run my own stained glass workshops which I was terrified of at first but I now love them and really enjoy seeing people develop through the day from being scared of cutting glass to start with to going home with a beautiful finished product. The first item I added to my shop was the Rainbow Heart that you see here; I used that as I thought it was a real symbol of this current time we are living through. So I hope you like my work and I hope to keep on designing new and fresh products that you will enjoy looking at. I will write some more another time about the processes that go into making a stained glass piece and what inspires me to make what I do. So thank you for reading this, take care, stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.
Meet The Wise Old Owl, a story of discovery and new beginnings
This is my first blog ever…
‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, I have always loved Carols around a tree, the pretty lights, the anticipation of piles of gifts on Christmas morning, the buzz of excitement in the air but I will confess as I have got older the magic is fading for me. I see adverts on the television of happy families sat playing games and enjoying themselves but in reality as I read the papers I see a different world one where many families are separated and the older generations are possibly spending the day alone as they don’t want to be burden on relatives, or those families who don’t have money to put food on a table let alone buy gifts, who then have to deal with the question why Santa leaves lots of gifts for some Children but not them.