Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Woman Of The Year Awards 2014

I was thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Business Award in The News Woman of The Year 2014 Awards. These were sponsored by Rachel Lowe of She Who Dares. Clint and I put our glad rags on and attended the awards at The Marriot Hotel in Portsmouth.
It was a fantastic experience, extremely inspirational and humbling. I did not win my category but the woman who did had made remarkable achievements and was only 23! I am just at the beginning of my journey and am pleased that I am on the right road. It left me buzzing with a new zest for moving forward and keeping up my determination even when faced with set backs. 

Christina Corp pictured with Rachel Lowe below was the overall winner. What a story! This lady was told she would never walk or speak again yet she is and volunteers helping others with brain injuries. Amazing! 

 All I can say is go with it, hard work and sleepless nights do pay off. If you have family and friends that support you like me then it makes it all that bit easier. Have a great week, Elisa x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

This week Christmas Bazaar Chichester

Shake Your Glass are delighted to be attending The Bazaar!

It is being held in the Assembly Room, North Street, Chichester from 10am to 3pm. We are raising funds for complex monitoring machines for the babies on the Neonatal ITU ward at St Richards Hospital. The Deputy Mayor of Chichester will be opening the event at 10am, and we are also fortunate to have the Town Crier in all his splendor walking up and down North Street during the morning. See you there! Elisa x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Wandering Witches Fayre 2014

Woo hoo! This weekend sees one of my favourite event's of the year the Wandering Witches Fayre. Showcasing the most beautiful Pagan inspired arts and crafts, readers and live entertainment it makes for a perfect Sunday. Look forward to seeing some of you there!
I will have a selection of dichroic glass pendants, fused glass dishes and glass gift items.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Commissions, commissions and Events!

I'm having a fabulous time this month already, I have had some really lovely commission work but have to keep it secret as they are for Christmas presents! It is sooo hard lol!

If you are a local lady then why not pop along to Highbury Primary Ladies Night Friday? Shopping Bliss and cocktails for just £3.
I'm still currently taking commissions but the book is nearly full just to let you know!
Also the new amazing website is nearly ready...... eeeek!!! Elisa x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Created In Portsmouth Arts Trail

This week see's Shake Your Glass hooking up with the talented Dancing Pot for the Created In Portsmouth Arts Trail. Running for 3 days it's set to offer a sneak peek at the talent of local artists and makers on Portsmouth Island. For further information visit http://createdinportsmouth.co.uk/
Newly made are the popular etched design dichroic pendants - cat, unicorn, fox and hare. 
Have a great week, Elisa :)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Website Coming Soon

I'm excited to announce that I will be upgrading my website in the coming weeks. I will be keeping my blog and continuing to regularly post.
This week I have been in Somerset and had the pleasure of visiting the Cheddar Gorge - totally magnificent and inspirational for new ideas. You know I love texture.
On that vain this is a new tester light pull bead I made. I'd love your opinions.
Have a great week, Elisa.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Made to Order @ Shake Your Glass

This week I have had several messages hit my inbox with an array of new commission challenges! 
If you would like items made to order I am honest and will tell you if they are within my ability. I have even had a Christmas order in so if you have something in mind add it to my list sooner rather than later so as not to be disappointed. 
These 4 lovely statement rings have all gone to new homes this week and there is a batch ready to go in the kiln. I will also be working on the new product of glass paperweights. Have a great weekend, Elisa x

Friday, 5 September 2014

Portsmouth Arts Trail - Created in Portsmouth 2014

I am pleased to confirm that I will be taking part in the Portsmouth Arts Trail - Created in Portsmouth 17-19 October 2014. I will confirm details when the leaflets have been published. Another exciting opportunity for Shake Your Glass!
The aim of the trail is
"To create opportunities for the 'Artists' in Portsmouth to reach the public in Portsmouth and make art and craft of a high standard accessible to those who currently feel 'it's not for them' as well as open the eyes of the residents of Portsmouth to the bounty of skill surrounding them." Lucille Scott 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Top Sellers - Fused Glass and Lampwork

This week's Top Sellers at Shake Your Glass.
Bottle Openers £15 can be made to order with your choice of bead design and colour.
Statement Dichroic Rings £15.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hampshire Open Studios

Me demonstrating glass bead making at HOS

I have had an overwhelming response so far and it has been fantastic to meet soo many new customers.

If you have missed out on the fun the studio will be open again

Saturday 23rd August 11- 4 pm
Sunday 24th August  11-4 pm
Monday 25th August 11-4 pm

I look forward to welcoming you, Elisa :) 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hampshire Life Magazine August 2014 Edition

I am pleased to have been featured in this month's edition of Hampshire Life Magazine http://www.hampshire-life.co.uk/

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Hampshire Open Studios and Festival Break

Hampshire Open Studios is fast approaching! I've been busy behind the scenes contacting local press and listing the event on all the local radio and news websites.
If you have any further suggestions or would like a brochure please contact me.

I have had lots of lovely commission work on the go this week and was sent this photo of the lovely Georgia on her prom night - I custom made both earrings and pendant. Her dress is to die for!!

Yesterday saw a little spot in the local paper The News so I was very pleased about this.

I'm off to recharge by energy attending 2 festivals over the next 2 weekends. Barefoot in Leicester and Wacken in Germany.
Have a fabulous 10 days, Elisa.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Facebook Giveaway!

Facebook Giveaway competition of a Dichroic Butterfly Pendant.
Pop over, like and comment to be in with a chance to win!


Friday, 11 July 2014

Glass Commission Work

Phew... what a weekend Drakefest was - dancing, live bands and lots of merry making along with some sales to new faces.
All in all pretty awesome! Even the downpour Sunday night didn't ruin the mood although did make for a very wet pack down which is always a bit well soggy!
I've had some awesome glass commission work to be getting into this week - glass bead earrings, a beautiful sparkly cat pendant with more on the cards including a new design and a special memory necklace. Pictures will follow as the owners receive safely! Have a fab weekend! Elisa
Also new in this week - Glass Cufflinks

Friday, 4 July 2014

Drakefest 5th & 6th July 2014 at The Admiral Drake, Portsmouth.

This weekend bings the annual Drakefest Event at The Admiral Drake in Portsmouth. Bands, food, beer, dancing and of course some fabulous stalls!
I will be there with Flower Fairy in my purple gazebo. Can't wait!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Dichroic Glass Cabochons

Dichroic glass cabochons fresh out of the kiln this morning ready to be shaped into rings, pendants and earrings! :)

Friday, 20 June 2014

This Weekend's Events

Saturday I will be at Emsworth Craft and Gift Market 10- 3pm.
Sunday Grammer School Summer Fete, Governor's Green, Old Portsmouth. 11.30 - 3pm.

This week's new designs... Hare and Owl Pendants. Have a great weekend.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Shake Your Glass Promo Video Clip

Today I have put together a short promo video with comments from my lovely customers.
Take a look.... http://youtu.be/_PIGtCQY6F8

Friday, 13 June 2014

Tomorrow.... Fareham Shopping Centre

Looking forward to my first ever shopping centre stall tomorrow in Fareham, Hampshire.
I'll be near BB's coffee 9-5pm.
Watch out Fareham Shake Your Glass is coming to make you sparkly! :)

Thursday, 12 June 2014


This week I have attended the Vistaprint Night School evening with Jo Fairley Co Founder of Green & Black's as the guest speaker. I like other creative types freely admit that marketing does not come naturally to me. I make the product well and that's about it.... So this year I decided that it wasn't going to happen by magic and I needed to at least get to grips with the basics. The journey so far has included reading lots of online articles with top marketing tips. I have implemented - new brand and design, working on the social media side of things and writing a press release. So far so good. Jo's advise is hard work, perseverance and excellent customer service are key. I don't want to be a multi millionaire but I can scale this to help with my local success. I left feeling positive that I'm at least headed on the right path!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Love Southsea Market This Weekend

If you'd like to come and see me I will be at Love Southsea Market this Saturday.

Friday, 30 May 2014

This week Statement Dichroic Cocktail Rings

I'm soo excited I have had my delivery from the States this morning! Gorgeous sparkly textured glass is awaiting my cutter. So this week I have become very excited about these fabulous statement rings, I just want them all! The process is 2 firings a full fuse followed by fire polish after grinding to make sure the cabs fit the ring bezels. Enjoy! E x

Friday, 16 May 2014

Making the Local News!

This week I was pleased to have an article in the local Portsmouth News. Great start and I have had amazing support. Thank you!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Welcome to Shake Your Glass!

This week see's the new Branding unveiled... Shake Your Glass.
I'm very excited and looking forward to exploring this wonderful medium further. Especially since the arrival of the new larger kiln a couple of months ago.
Let the new chapter begin..... E x

Friday, 2 May 2014

Shop Local - Southsea Market

I'll be here with a selection of my glass goodies...
"Love Southsea’s regular Palmerston Road markets take place on the first Saturday of every month, attracting an average of 11,000 prospective buyers! We regularly have roadshows and live performances from The Wedgewood Rooms at the markets, which take place in the precinct, near flagship stores like John Lewis and Debenhams. The May 2014 market takes place on Saturday 3rd May from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Looking to shop? All of our traders are local and independent, so you'll be supporting local whilst discovering unique gifts, finds, antiques, crafts, and an eclectic blend of other intriguing wares and items." For more details - https://www.facebook.com/events/827618203932346/

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Memory Jewellery and Happy Long Weekend :)

I have worked recently on quite a few memory jewellery pieces. I always feel honoured and touched that people trust me with such an important task. These are very personal pieces and designed to reflect that. Below is an example of a recent make.

So Easter is a time for fun and reflection. I'm set to do some DIY as well as making and catching up with loved ones. Have a lovely break, E x

Friday, 4 April 2014

This Week... Love Southsea Market, Texture Moulds and Torch Time.

I share a stall at Love Southsea with Vidya who kindly was as excited as me and rose to the challenge of helping me play with texture. I found some tree bark and she made me some clay tester designs to slump my glass into. I'll post the results!

This collection of blue handmade lampwork beads was part of the Above The Blue collection and has reminded me to factor in some well needed torch time on next week's to do list. Have a great weekend, Elisa :)

Friday, 14 March 2014

First Event of the Year.... and New Dichroic Rings

Tomorrow I will be in Chichester at the Assembly Rooms with a host of wonderful crafters. I look forward to seeing some of you. Here is the official Facebook link for more details - https://www.facebook.com/events/219820754859150/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
These oversize statement rings are using the lovely thin CBS glass. The pictures don't do the iridescent colour range justice. I am proudly wearing mine :) Have a great weekend, keep it crafty! Elisa x