After 25 years of working in the NHS, Sarah now uses her science background to experiment with the chemistry of glass fusing in a kiln to create an unusual style of jewellery where each piece is completely unique, as are the techniques she uses.
She sells her jewellery online, in galleries and shops and thrives on getting feedback directly from customers at art and craft fairs.
The most common comment from customers is: “I’ve never seen anything like this before” as Sarah explains some of the chemistry magic behind the pieces. Sarah has been overwhelmed by the response to her designs and has had a fantastic first 2 years in business.
In its first year, Sarah Greening Glass was one of the businesses selected for an award by Dragon’s Den Retail Entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, for its unique style as part of his initiative which supports small businesses in the UK.
Sarah met Theo to receive her award and he owns a pair of her turquoise and silver cufflinks! He arranges an annual meeting with all the winners where he and his advisers help business owners.
It is with this encouragment that Sarah booked a stand at the Spring Fair in 2019 in the section for new designers. This led to many retailers buying her jewellery for their shops and galleries including a large order from Kew Gardens! Sarah followed this with a stand at Top Drawer in Sept 2019 and is very excited to have a stand at the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in April 2020.
The distinctive ranges include her signature ‘bubbles’ in many colours, an assortment of styles in the coastal colours of turquoise and vanilla, and stylish formal/evening wear with the shimmer of mica or subtle dichroic glass. Her typical customer is someone who likes to wear something fun and unusual and who appreciates the quality and uniqueness of handcrafted products.
Sarah runs glass fusing classes in her studio in Worcester alongside her husband, Chris, who is a potter. She also takes her classes out into the workplace for companies who wish to give their staff a creative break and help team-building. Sarah loves sharing her passion for glass and people come away from her classes feeling mentally relaxed and creatively fulfilled!
Please visit http://www.sarahgreeningglass.co.uk for more details.
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The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) will showcase the very best of British crafts across a huge variety of product categories, including: Jewellery, glassware, metalwork, fine art, greetings cards, ceramics, fashion accessories and homewares. This is the perfect event for retailers seeking exciting British designed products with sound provenance and strong heritage values. No public admittance as It’s a trade-only event, and free of charge.
Heading into its 46th year in 2020, BCTF will host hundreds of creative designer-makers in a fabulous state of the art venue, the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, from April 4th -7th
Trade prices for the unique handmade works on display will start from just a few pounds so something for everyone and all exhibitors are guaranteed to be working from Great Britain and Ireland.
The annual BCTF Awards will be held on Monday April 6 at 6.00pm at the Yorkshire Event Centre, after the show closes. Sponsors include: Pyramid Gallery (York) which will sponsor the BCTF Award for Excellence; Heart Gallery (Hebden Bridge) sponsor of the Best Newcomer Award; ACID (Anti Copying in Design) will sponsor the Post Newcomer Award; The Giftware Association is sponsoring The Giftware Association Award for Excellence; the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), sponsoring the Award for Excellence in Jewellery; Greetings Today magazine, sponsor of the Greeting Card Award, Platform Gallery (Clitheroe) sponsors of the PlatForm and Function Award and DesignGap/ArtGap, which sponsors the Wow Factor Award, with the winner of which is traditionally decided by exhibitor votes made during the show.
For more information about BCTF visit: www.bctf.co.uk