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New Year, New Career

New Year, New Career

The tingles are still real from raising all that money for my workshop. Its been a rollercoaster of a time since. Ordering the furnace and kiln and getting the bench and marver custom made. These are all the things I have been so excited about and so many people have congratulated me on the success of the kickstarter. (Minimelt, glass furnace) (Glass Annealer) The next few months are going to lay out a little like this. Firstly I don't have a shed or garage to house the equipment. I have been trying to find a place for months and no...


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

We did it! On Monday the 11th of November around 7 pm we smashed the target of raising £12,000 on Kickstarter. So, what does that mean. In a Nutshell that means that soon there will be a new hot glassblowing facility in the Northwest of Ireland. It takes a few months to get these things up and running and lots of careful planning. But it is going to happen and it can't come soon enough for me. Now the latest news is that those incredibly generous people who pledged for glass goods will be receiving their glass in the coming...


THE CROWDFUNDING IS LIVE

THE CROWDFUNDING IS LIVE

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makeglass101/hot-glass-studio-build?ref=project_build# It all comes down to this time. The next 40 days are going to shine a light on what I offer here in this small corner of the world in Northern Ireland. With its dwindling breastfeeding rates and lack of resources to support women in their most vulnerable time..Postpartum and scared. My mission is to use my art to raise awareness around Breastfeeding here.  Shine a light on the magic of what our incredible bodies can do. I want to celebrate the beauty of the human milk and show it in all its glory. This is not just a...


How the Hell do you launch a Fund Raising Campaign?????

How the Hell do you launch a Fund Raising Campaign?????

I've had this idea for months, maybe even years now about raising funds to open a small hot glass studio of my own to make the glass. I suppose up until now most people will have assumed I already have a workshop of my own.  But alas I do not. The truth is, if this campaign does not work then I have to stop making glass.  (Shaping the hot glass) Since 1998 it has been my dream to build my own hot glass studio, but I honestly never really saw this as a possibility until now. Now I have a...


Support for the Glassblower

Support for the Glassblower

Landing in London on the 29th of May with my best friend in tow. Leaving my kids with friends for 3 days and hoping they are fine as this is the first time I have ever gone so far from them. A plane ride away. I felt anxious for a few reasons , but mainly I was concerned about leaving my kids. Not because the people who were caring for them were not able or willing. But because that's how the mommy guilt is.. You worry. All was fine. I hadn't been in Central London since 1997. So it had...

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