Places, people and quotes that inspire me (in no particular order !) :

The Seedpod Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa – find it on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

S&B Evans and Sons – potters.

Chihuly Garden and Glass – aspirational as well as inspirational ! On the bucket list !

Lava Glass Sculpture Garden, New Zealand (also on the bucket list !)

Glass Gardens NW – now Barbara Sanderson Glass, near Seattle, USA


“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Madeleine Jones. I used to work with Maddy and she is inspirational. Making your business shine……

RHS Wisley Gardens and RHS Flower Shows. I owe a lot to the RHS. My mother used to take me to Wisley when I was a child (easily bribed with the offer of a cream tea !). I used to work in the cafe there (not the posh one there now, it was a much smaller affair but the honeycrunch is still the same if a bit smaller !) for several years from the age of 15 (Saturday job – remember those ?!). I started going to Chelsea Flower Show donkey’s years ago – ditto Hampton Court. Although I think the RHS has become rather a behemoth now, it’s still an awesome institution.

Reading Stained Glass – where I get all my glass from – John and Grae are the loveliest most helpful people

Caroline Loveys – for teaching me stained glass, which led on to fused …………..

BBC Gardeners’ World on the tv and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

More recently, The Garden Shows – I highly recommend these for lots of unique garden items of all kinds.

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

The Glass Hub – one of the best places to go to learn about all sorts of glass work

Be Smart About Art