…… Sue Harris ~ Blue Box Studio

My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I (intentionally) break glass!

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something. Having practical parents, it seemed natural to make it if I wanted it, where possible.

I began making jewellery in 1995, first working part time alongside my career with the Civil Service and then full time from 2000. I spent a lot of time on remote beaches in Dorset, discovering plentiful sea glass and wondered how I could use this in my work. I took a short course in silver jewellery and developed my first range of silver and sea glass jewellery.

Chance invitations led to me discovering lampwork glass bead making in 2010, which gave me a colour palette of glass rods from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond that I could only dream of finding on an English beach. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration.

Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

I am lucky to live in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets. I am inspired by the countryside around and enjoy walking along sandy beaches collecting sea glass and, working from my garden studios, cutting and melting glass in various forms to make jewellery and items to decorate any home. It is all in a day’s work.

Sue