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My name is Pauline Holt and 'Jazzy Lily Jewellery' was started by me as a simple hobby, back in 1993. I began by making bead jewellery from a range of bought-in beads, but my passion now is for making my own, individually crafted, glass beads. 

I live in Buckinghamshire, England and if you would like to chat about Lampworked Glass Beads, or if you would like to purchase small quantities of glass beads or jewellery, just email me.

Also, if you would like me to exhibit at your Craft Fair, I am interested in attending any close to my home area. Just email me

any moons ago, when I was just 18, I worked for a jeweller in the centre of Manchester and I loved it.  I enjoyed every aspect of it - dressing the windows and trying to analyze how much more could be sold using eye catching displays. In fact it was the most enjoyable job I have ever had.  So much so, that I decided to attend evening classes in order to learn all about gemology and eventually I passed my diploma and become a member of the National Association of Goldsmiths. 

In October 1997 I visited my first Bead Fair in Ealing, London.  A company called Plowden & Thompson of Stourbridge were exhibiting and they were promoting their Glass Beadmaking Courses. Their display included a most beautiful selection of coloured glass, I had never seen anything like it. Well, this was just what I needed.

I have always been passionate about colour, and the prospect of creating something of my own in such a wonderful material as glass, with a range of such vibrant colours, proved quite challenging and invigorating.

I signed up for a course straight away.  I bought a book about making glass beads, went home and read the book from cover to cover.  I poured over the beautiful photographs and wondered if I could ever manage to make a plain round bead, let alone a well designed one containing vivid colours and patterns like those shown in the book.

In December 1998  I enrolled as a delegate on a  course run by Diana East.  She gave me so much help and encouragement. When I think back to the beginning, how frightened I was then - just lighting the propane and oxygen torch was scary!  This huge flame shot out and I could not believe the noise.  But like everything else, once you get used to it, itís OK.  Now of course it has become second nature and not scary at all.

Whilst attending the course I bought all the equipment.  Scared or not, I was going to master this. Once one starts working with glass, one is quick to  realise that the possibilities are endless.

I also bought a shed in which to work.  I said I was passionate about colour and a garden shed is a bit boring, not the sort of working space 'Jazzy Lilyí was happy in!  So, I decorated the shed to look like a Caribbean beach hut both inside and out, complete with an imitation thatched roof.  My husband who is used to my crazy ideas was a bit horrified when I asked him to help me thatch the roof, not really sure what the neighbours might think.  Mind you, it has become something of a talking point and everyone who visits the house has to see the shed. My Shed  Once one starts working with glass, one is quick to  realise that the possibilities are endless