Of­fer­ing a unique ap­proach to art and de­sign

Fired Works

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What is your role at the business? I’m Marie Ca­vanagh, owner, de­signer and maker (pic­tured right). Ev­ery­thing that is on sale in my shop is hand­made by me. I make glass wall art and func­tional items as well as sil­ver and glass jew­ellery. Name a best seller? The poppy field wall art in var­i­ous dif­fer­ent sizes is cur­rently a best seller and is one of my favourite items to make.

small do­na­tion to the Bri­tish Le­gion will be made on all poppy-re­lated prod­ucts sold dur­ing Novem­ber. Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions are al­ways a big hit. This year I have beau­ti­ful sparkling snowflakes and Christ­mas trees with tiny glass baubles.

AWhat made you de­cide to start the business? From a very young age I have al­ways wanted my own shop. I have al­ways had a pas­sion for art and cre­at­ing things. I have been mak­ing jew­ellery for more than 10 years, start­ing with crys­tal tiaras and wed­ding jew­ellery. I then moved on to mak­ing per­son­alised sil­ver jew­ellery and started in­cor­po­rat­ing glass into my de­signs. My love of glass as a medium soon es­ca­lated and now I am mak­ing ev­ery­thing from large pieces of wall art right down to tiny glass beads. I have been work­ing in IT for 20 years so I thought it was time for a com­plete change. What sets you apart from other sim­i­lar shops? My items are hand­made us­ing the finest raw ma­te­ri­als. Each item is unique and while sim­i­lar items can be made, I can­not cre­ate ex­act repli­cas, so my cus­tomers will al­ways get some­thing unique. I can spend time with cus­tomers to de­sign some­thing be­spoke or some items can be pur­chased ‘off the shelf’. What type of cus­tomer is your favourite? All kinds of cus­tomers are great, but the ones that ap­pre­ci­ate hand made art prod­ucts are my favourite. And of course the ones that end up be­ing re­peat cus­tomers! Are you run­ning any spe­cial of­fers? I run var­i­ous of­fers and com­pe­ti­tions which you can find on my Face­book page – FiredWork­sGlass – and I am of­fer­ing a 10 per cent dis­count to all read­ers dur­ing Novem­ber. Quote BUCKSAD10 in store or on line at www.fired-works.com. What do you think you give to the com­mu­nity? I’m hop­ing that the res­i­dents of Chal­font St Peter are glad that I am fi­nally open­ing, as the prop­erty has been empty and a bit of an eye­sore for many years. It is now look­ing fresh and bright after ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions and will com­ple­ment all the other lovely shops in the vil­lage. I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting in­volved in the lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and fundrais­ing events, and will al­ways do­nate some­thing to a good cause. Where do you like to shop? I like to shop lo­cally and, of course, any­thing hand­made. I love The Lanes in Brighton but as I’ve been so busy over the last year, I haven’t had much time for shop­ping. Tell us what you do to un­wind when you aren’t in the shop? I used to cre­ate to re­lieve the stress of a busy of­fice en­vi­ron­ment, so I am very lucky that this is now my job. I am also in a belly dance troupe so I am of­ten busy with re­hearsals for shows and, as we make all our own cos­tumes, it is not un­usual to find me knee deep in se­quins! Will you be run­ning any work­shops in the fu­ture? My stu­dio is just be­hind the shop so I have an ideal lo­ca­tion to run small work­shops. I have re­cently qual­i­fied to teach jew­ellery so I will be able to teach a max­i­mum of four peo­ple at any one time. Any­one in­ter­ested can email me (see left).

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