The Tartan Trout
So here are the 42 years of Sarah Brown condensed into a few lines.
I lived near Stirling (that's where the tartan bit comes from) until I was 18. Having not studied overly hard at school, the results I needed to pursue a career in criminology were not forth coming, so off to London I went to be a nanny (not quite the same thing). Here I met Andrew and 3 years later we made it to the end of the aisle, then it was off to Swansea to support him through uni. Here we acquired 1 cat. Graduation and a job offer took us to Manchester where we lived for 8 years and acquired 2 children and 1 spaniel. Itchy feet, in laws and various other reasons inspired the move to North Devon in 2004. Here we acquired various chickens, ducks, 2 more cats and another spaniel.
Now some people are very artistic, others are not so bad, and the rest, including me are proud of themselves because they can just about colour inside the lines! Therefore melting glass, being artistic and making pretty things was, as far I was was concerned, not in my make up at all.
I had my first lampwork lesson in October 2010 and by 25th December that same year, Father Christmas (who is good at taking hints) delivered a lovely new torch, small kiln and 24 rods of shiny glass. Lampwork is the art of melting coloured rods of glass in the flame to create pretty things. A corner of the garage was cleared and my journey into the world of glass melting began in earnest.
I moved out of my dark & dingy garage leaving behind the recycling, bags of dog food, bikes and surfboards in April 2013 and into my lovely bright and airy studio. Here I set myself up to work, drink tea, teach others and introduce anyone who is interested to the world of lampwork.
Fast forward to 2015 and there are now no chickens or ducks (but a full bellied fox), still 2 kids, 2 spaniels, 2 cats and 1 very supportive and patient husband. My 24 rods of glass have greatly multiplied, the kiln has grown and my continuing journey through the lampworking world is still as fascinating and enjoyable as it was when I made my very first bead.
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