Happy New Year

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Christmas time is always busy and understandable so. It’s a hard time when you have lost someone and suddenly they’re not there sharing this special time with you. My last order went out on the 23rd December. Special delivery allowed me to get it to my customer Christmas eve. I knew this was important to him so I really did pull out all the stops. The workshop has had a really good clean and sort ready for 2020. Happy New Year everyone.

Memorial Sculpture

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It took a while but I got there in the end. I really loved creating this piece. Its made to go outdoors and is made of green slate. I spent many hours searching for the right piece to fit the brief from the customer. To be honest I spent many hours just staring at it… working it out in my head. I sat by the river just down from the workshop watching the water, that’s where my inspiration came from. My customer was thrilled, and that’s what makes me happy. I get so nervous beforehand, but when I see their faces and I watch their expressions I know I have achieved my goal. My job is to make sure I ask the right questions so I can see the picture they have in their head. It isn’t always the picture they articulate, so in knowing what to ask I can get to see it.

Outdoor memorial

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I’m so excited right now. I had a lovely customer visit the workshop who asked for an outdoor memorial piece. She wanted slate and gave me the brief. It’s been a long journey this one but so very worth it. Searching for the right piece of slate took days and travel up the lakes. I have loved every minute of it. The frame is finished on Friday and I’m going to ring her today to arrange for her to visit and collect. I honestly can’t wait because judging from the response from my friends, I’m confident. 🙂

Outdoor pieces

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I’ve been so excited recently to be commissioned to make an outdoor piece made from slate. I particularly love slate as I live on the edge of the lake district. It took some time to find the right piece, but I knew it when I saw it. I have found a fantastic stonemason who seems to understand what I want. I have a great metalworkers who is making the frame for me. And there will be some engraving on the glass from Simon my engraver. This piece a tually looks stunning when all the elements are put together. It’s near completion so I can’t put photos up just yet… but I can’t wait to show you…!!!!

New video and work!

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Here is a link to a video I made of some pieces on my Facebook page. I’m not a great photographer
sadly but I think it gives an idea.


Because I am getting such lovely responses to my designs and my work I have decided that I will
expand to offer other glass pieces to celebrate Weddings, anniversaries, retirements etc. I have
made a start in the last few weeks and I have to say I am really enjoying it. I am also designing some
lovely Christmas decorations.

Other news includes a lovely couple who visited me in the workshop having driven many miles. They
sadly lost their baby daughter. They ordered several lightcatchers and they are having a larger urn
made based on the small bird that I designed. It’s a lengthy process because a mould has to be made
and dried. It is then slip cast using Porcelain, and then fired. They have been very patient and it’s
almost there now.

I have also started a series of large sculptures both for indoors and outdoors based on water.



Glass Pieces for Weddings and beyond…

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So its been a fantastic couple of weeks with important decisions being made and its all very exciting.

Firstly I am after lots of encouragement venturing into designing glass pieces for weddings, anniversaries, christenings. This will eventually be put onto the website with celebration glass going alongside the memorial glass. And I am now making very unique outdoor sculptures within Yew wood and sculptures within tall oak pieces. Everything has to be technically perfect and it has taken a lot of discussion and figuring out. Thank you to my joiner Scott and Andrew the metal-worker and, of course, the technical team at the glass suppliers. These will also be on the website eventually.

I am also applying to have a stall at The Lancashire show in July where all these pieces will be exhibited, with the help of Lisa.

Next installment coming soon.


Unique New Memorials Piece!

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Its been a long time since I last put a blog up…!!!. I have in the past found Blogs I bit difficult but as someone has just explained the best approach is to treat it as a diary, this makes complete sense and I think I will now enjoy writing my blogs.

So my latest news is that I have expanded into a larger space which makes creating a lot easier. It hasn’t been the easiest to be painting and sorting etc whilst still creating glass pieces and all that comes with it. The new space is lovely and was totally worth the work.


You may have seen from a previous blog that I have created something very special and totally unique. I wanted to find a way to include ‘ scent ‘ . Scent is such an emotive lovely thing and very very important. I remember my Grandmas scent…Lily of the valley, and when I smell it now it makes me smile. As I trained a potter I set about designing something that could remind us of the loved one we have lost. How lovely to be reminded of their scent. I was determined to figure this out and finally I have got there together with my friend and fellow potter Philip Pearson. So I designed a small urn in the shape of a bird. We experimented long and hard with clays and then even longer with temperatures that would allow the clay to be fired but with the ability to hold the scent. The idea is that you send us the scent, we then set about adding the scent to the clay body in stages. We then add the ash inside and carefully seal it with a small cap. The scent will last for many years to come, however it is dependent on the quality of the perfume or aftershave. If you find the scent fading after a year you can again introduce the scent to the clay body yourself. Photos and promotion will follow soon once we have sorted out the packaging. I really really hope this piece makes people happy and gives some comfort.

More soon!

Sarah x

New work – Bespoke Glass Memorials!

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Recently, I have had a few bespoke glass memorials commissioned which have been a real pleasure to complete, some more difficult than others.

The most recent was  a very special piece commissioned by a customer who had sadly lost her husband. She had kept the wedding rings and always wanted them to be together. She came to the workshop and we spent some time discussing and looking at the different designs. There were various options of the layout once the design was chosen. The rings had some delicate detail on the outside edge. I took a small amount of gold to test in the kiln at the temperature I fire the glass and realised that the detail potentially could be lost. My customer had decided she didn’t want to loose any detail, so I set about experimenting and eventually came up with a technique where the rings are set into the glass and encased with clear droplets of glass. It took a long time to work this one out and many test pieces before I was 100% sure it was going to work.

Her husband’s ash is set inside the red heart and is semi visible. The result was lovely and the best reward of all was a very happy customer. It was lovely to be able to do this for her and I really hope it helps her.

August is proving a slower month which has worked out quite well really . Its given me time to think about some new designs and bespoke glass memorials specifically for pets. At home my mum has a drawer of old pet tags. She doesn’t obviously want to throw them away but nobody quite knew what to do with them. I designed a lightcatcher piece that holds the tag underneath. These pieces as always can be made so the ash is visible, semi visible or invisible.

The ceramics section is also well on the way. I realised that the small bird urns weren’t quite what I wanted so I am now working with Phil who is a mould maker. We are experimenting with kiln temperatures because the main idea is that the body can be infused with the perfume or aftershave of the person you lost. Although they aren’t quite finished they should be very soon. I will also be offering hand thrown pieces that will have the ash in the clay body. As a trained potter I really look forward to offering this.

More from me soon!

Sarah x

Exciting new ceramics range!

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As a trained potter, I’m happy to announce I will be hand throwing some unique ceramic urns with Emily. I have been working on them today!

We have chosen a lovely delicate clay which has proved to be a bit of a challenge, but we have worked hard all day and have managed to finally master it.

We are both really excited about our new creations to add to With Love And Light so we can offer glass AND ceramics to you all.

Here are some sneaky peeks for you. When they are completed they will appear on the website! All the pieces will be available in different sizes. The main idea is that it allows families to divide up ashes between themselves in something that is cheerful and delicate.

Can you tell what they are yet?!

More to come from me soon…


Sarah x