Welcome to Studio Thirteen. My name is Caroline Smith, and this is my art studio… Raised in an artistic family, I have always been a creative person and over the years I have studied and been captivated by a wide range of arts and crafts.
The most expressive and inspirational of which being, Lamp Work; the art of melting Italian glass over a hot flame to form glass beads. I have been lamp working for three years and have had tuition locally as well as in St Ives, Cornwall and in Venice, Italy. I use the technique to create bespoke, art decorations and wearable pieces of glass art. I only hope you enjoy wearing them as much as I have enjoyed making them.
I’ve created this site to give you a glimpse into some of my work and my studio.Caroline Smith
The beads I make are hollow, which makes them light-weight, wonderfully translucent and ideal for bespoke pieces of wearable art. While they might look rather delicate, careful kiln annealing gives them strength and durability.
Many of my pieces combine flotsam and jetsam collected from the beautiful beaches of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands where I draw inspiration from the turquoise summer waters.
Each bead is individually created and finished in either a high gloss, to catch the light or given an etched finish capturing a lovely sea glass quality.
This artisan technique produces beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery with prices starting from £5 for a small glass decoration to £100 for a large glass bead necklace and lots of things in between. I also participate in the annual Foxton Art Exhibition and my work can be found on sale on Tresco Island in Gallery Tresco.
I live in the beautiful and historic village of Foxton, near Cambridge, where I enjoy a lovely space of my own, in my garden studio. Open by appointment, I run weekend events throughout the year and am a participating member of Cambridge Open Studios opening the studio to the public on selected weekends in July.
More than just an artists sanctuary it serves as a well of inspiration and shop window for my work. It is in here that I make all my glass beads. They are hand blown on a hollow mandrel which allows me to make large beads that are lightweight. I work with glass from Murano, Venice, Germany and America in a full spectrum of colours but find myself drawn to the blues and aquas which when mixed with flotsam and jetsam have a lovely costal feel to them.
I’d be delighted to answer any questions you might have about Studio Thirteen or my work, so please drop me a message using the form below or use the contact details at the top of the page.
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