Fused Glass Artist and Children's Writer
For the last few years I've immersed myself in the joy, delight and creative potential of the wonderful medium of glass. I use fusing techniques to manipulate shadows and reflections and to exploit the amazing palette of colours that glass offers.
I'm always experimenting with new ideas and I love commissions, they stretch my skills and imagination. I have been commissioned to make windows, internal and external door panels, wall lights and tiles for bathrooms and kitchens.
Come and enjoy your Christmas shopping while enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Our Christmas Open Studio will be here from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday 6 - 7 December.
My glass will be on display, including pendants, fused glass dishes and Christmas decorations, as well as some of my children's books. My husband Edward Parker is making metal things, some whimsical and some useful - I am encouraging him to make Christmas trees. Amanda Hall will be selling her signed children's books and prints, as well as Christmas cards and Antonia Galloway will have her papier mache money boxes and other gifts. An added attraction on the Saturday will be our own Fen End Viking forging his knives.
Children's books: I started writing and illustrating children's books in the late 60's. I used just my first name Althea. We formed the publishing company Dinosaur Publications, named after my main character, Desmond the Dinosaur.