I have started to teach fused glass workshops in the basement of the shop. I can’t wait to show other people why glass is so much fun! Glass is a fascinating medium. I discovered it on a weekend workshop and it soon became a favourite hobby of mine, and, later, my main source of income.
After an introductory workshop, I was hooked. I rented a workspace in the Open Studios on Brighton Seafront and started to teach myself. Fused glass is made up of layers of sheet glass, decorated with other forms such as crushed ‘frit’ that adds sparkle, depth and texture. It is arranged almost like a collage and essentially ‘cooked’ in the kiln so that it melts, or ‘fuses’ together.
That is when it changes occur – it is like alchemy! Colours deepen, or alter altogether, sharp edges soften and round off. It loses its brittleness.
Little Beach Boutique has just celebrated our first birthday in our North Laine shop and we would like to thank everybody for their support and custom over the last 12 months.
Moving from a small seafront arch to a larger space in Central Brighton was a big challenge (and an even bigger leap of faith!) but this year has been amazing and we haven’t looked back.
Now a team of three – Suzanne, Claire and Jennie, we feel fully part of the North Laine Community of independent shops, cafes and venues. We have met lots of lovely local characters as well as talented and inspiring designer/makers from Brighton and further afield. Since opening our new shop in 2014, we have expanded our handmade collections of homeware, jewellery, accessories and thoughtful gifts – proudly showcasing new designers and emerging talent alongside our collection of glass which we individually design and make on site.
We have had our first workshops – including our “Introduction to Fused Glass” alongside our “Natural Skincare” and Aromatherapy courses, and during the May festival, we had a daily puppet show based on Mermaids and Sea Shanties which was a great success in our downstairs space.
Now looking forward to the year ahead, we will be bringing you lots of new products for the coming months, creating new glass designs, and running more workshops for your crafting pleasure!
We would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their support, enthusiasm, kind words and encouragement over the last year.
Pop in to see us at 74 North Road, Brighton – we are open 7 days a week – we’d love to see you!