Work in Progress – The Big Bead Show

Another week has flown by and preparations are well under way for attending The Big Bead Show at Sandown Race Course next month.

If you missed my last post, I’m attending along with the lovely Lesley Watt under the banner of Mudlarks. We’re both really looking forward to showing together and thought we’d share some work in progress shots of what you’ll find on our stand.


First up is Lesley… she’s been busy!!! (all pics are in black and white as they’re not glazed yet and it’s arty!)

I really love Lesley’s style, her work is really original and beautifully finished… just wait until you see them glazed!! 


And now for a few of mine….


We’re going to have a great range of beads, cabochons and pendants made in earthenware, stoneware & porcelain clay. 

Hope to see you there! 🙂



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March Component of the month reveal

I’m really excited for this month’s reveal as it’s my design that’s being used by everyone to create their pieces… can’t wait to go and see what everyone’s done!


The component was one of my moth pendants. Handmade and carved from porcelain and glazed with precious metal lustres.

I don’t often use my beads in my own work, so this was a double challenge for me!


I decided I wanted to go for a bold statement piece and toyed around with a few ideas. My first was to make some components from copper clay, but I probably should have tested if I could do that before I committed, as I failed miserably and they were too thin (I’ll know for next time!)

Next I got everything out of my supplies and tried to add as much as I could in, but that didn’t work either. The moth was drowned out by the busyness around it, so I finally settled on a simple chain design with a couple of extra pierced and etched copper moths, Czech turbine & cathedral beads, copper leaves and magatama drops, all topped off with a beautiful chunky copper chain.


I love the Art Nouveau feel to the design, I’m still undecided as to whether the copper moths should have been a bit smaller, but it certainly makes a statement!


And I love the play of colour on the component. They are really difficult to photograph, but you can see in this picture, the deep velvet cerise colours that come through in parts of the glaze.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll visit our special guests and AJE Team members to see what they created with their component!


Guest Artists

Helen Simon – Helen’s had to drop out due to an injury, get well soon Helen!

The AJE Team

Caroline Dewison – << you are here

Diana Ptaszynski –

Susan Kennedy –

Kristen Stevens –

Keirsten Giles –

Jenny Davies-Reazor –

Melissa Meman –

Rebekah Payne –

Lesley Watt –

Linda Landig –

Francesca Watson –

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And the winner is..

Thank you to everyone who took part in my competition and for all the lovely comments!

I’m not going to waffle today, I’m just going to get straight to it and announce the winners 😀

The beads have been counted, and overseen by our independent adjudicator…

There were 226 beads in total.

So in 1st place winning this bead set…

Leah from Beady Eyed Bunny


In 2nd place winning the birdhouse set


And in 3rd place winning the 2 Birdies…

Rejetta Sellers from Jettabug Jewelry.


Congratulations too everyone, I’ll be in touch today to get your addresses and post your beads to you.

Commiserations to everyone else, but a great big thank you for taking part 🙂 x


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Competition time..

To everyone that has supported me and liked my page… I’d like to say thank you! This week I reached 200 likes on my page, it’s sneaked up a few more since then, and each one is really appreciated!

To show my appreciation, I’m offering some prizes to my followers…

First up is this bead set.

It’s a mixed media bead set, put together from beads I have made over the last year. It includes

  • A stoneware dragonfly barrel
  • an earthenware celtic knot flat lentil
  • a spotty silver glass lampwork barrel
  • a birdy
  • a golden raku lentil
  • a copper urchin lentil
  • a stoneware bronze barrel
  • a speckled melon
  • a lustred brown fancy barrel with inset glass cabochons
Second prize is one of my birdhouse bead sets with a Mummy, Baby and birdhouse made in black clay…
And finally, third prize is a pair of birds in my favourite glaze…


So what do you need to do to win? Easy, read on…

Over the last few years of making, I’ve gathered a ridiculous amount of beads. A lot of them are what I’d think of as a bit rubbish, there are all sorts of odds and ends, experiments, damaged beads and some proper fuglies. Although I can’t do anything with them, I can’t bear to throw them away… there are hours of hard work in there, so I’ve thought of something to do with them.

This jar is filled with a few handfuls. I’ve no idea what’s in there, but to win one of the prizes I’m offering, simply share something from my facebook page here, and then come back for a guess at how many are in the jar.

A week tomorrow (Sunday 2nd December) I’m going to count them all out and the nearest the number will win the big bead set, the second, the birdhouse set and the third the two birdies.

Each share will give you one guess. If you’d like more guesses, feel free to pin me, share other things on my page or tweet about it, just pop back here after each go, let me know what you’ve done and have another guess.


Please read through any comments and make sure your answers are different to what others have guessed. If you guess the same as someone else did previously, the comment will be removed for fairness.


I’ll announce the winners on Sunday afternoon 🙂


Good luck, and thank you again! x


Caroline x


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