Saturday, 28 June 2014


After the success of Toad of Toad Hall, we are all looking forward to the total contrast of our next two events: our live concert on July 5th, and The Collector from 16th to 18th July:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014


View across the Solway to Criffel yesterday afternoon:
 Colours and textures to inspire:

And some of the jewellery it inspired!

Friday, 7 March 2014


Take a stroll along High Street, and glance into the windows of the Fountain Gallery. You will see our Artists of the Month- Hazel Jefferson, who lives and paints on the Solway Plain; and Ray Pearson, of Solway Pottery, who makes his pots from Solway clay. 

In the other window, it looks as if the tide has washed up sand, pebbles and a host of other interesting things. If like me you are an incurable beachcomber, you should enjoy spotting a number of small but intriguing objects among the pebbles. The window also carries a number of pictures of the Solway- both paintings and photographs, and there are more inside.

Can you see Hilary Harrison's delicate pots and Jenia Gorfunkel's glass fish?
Connie Jensen's sea glass jewellery

Annabelle Smith's delicate porcelain Bathing Belles

Saturday, 15 February 2014


 June 10th - 14th

TOAD OF TOAD HALL: an exciting new production of the Kenneth Grahame /A A Milne classic:
fun, wit and a little nostalgia for all the family. Part of the Wigton Windows / Spring Festival

October 21st - 24th 

PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES: a bitter-sweet programme of songs, readings and poems to commemorate the "War to end all wars" which broke out a hundred years ago.

December 9th - 13th

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: a traditional panto with dames, cows and giants- what more can you want?

Thursday, 30 January 2014


Images from Book of Kells

Running Dogs by Connie Jensen, Trifolium Jewellery

Available at The Fountain Gallery

This brooch is now on its way to deepest Ontario as a present for a vet. 

I designed it when one of the illuminations in the Book of Kells caught my imagination. 

Below is is a drawing from the original.

I have found several artifacts based on this design, but most jewellers and potters etc have copied the original exactly, and as far as jewellery is concerned, I think simplest is best. 

I redrew many times, as is my wont when designing a new piece and became more and more frustrated until I 'lost' the far side legs and all became clearer and cleaner. I kept the look of the rangy, ferocious hounds, and gained an airier piece of 3D jewellery, with a pattern of interlocked triangles, which looks dramatic on dark cloth.

The next stage was to use the same idea with a different animal. This was harder than I expected- and again, many others have done the same thing with varying degrees of success. I finally ended up with Running Deer, heavier and perhaps more formal than the dogs.

Monday, 27 January 2014


I have decided to do some early spring cleaning this year, and I'm starting with this blog. It has a cleaner, less cluttered look, and some revised and new pages.

Wigton is my local town, and the focus of much of my life. The tabs above have information about The John Peel Theatre and The Fountain Gallery. I am chair of Wigton Theatre Club, and one of the nineteen local artists and craftspeople who make up the Fountain gallery cooperative.

As this is a personal blog, I've added tabs about my jewellery, my publishing business and my writing.

More books, plays and jewellery are on the way!

Recording one of my short plays for Radio Cumbria