Trish Burgess picks an angelically perfect gift
You know that feeling when you buy a gift for someone and know they're going to love it? That's what happened when I saw a photograph of these mosaic angels just before Christmas. They were for sale for £24 each from Box of Frogs Mosaics.
I knew my mum had an affinity with angels. I chose one for her with white wing tips and pale green iridescent glass beads. It was simple and beautiful. Mum adores her angel, so much so that she has asked me to buy more so she can give them to friends and relatives she knows will love them too.
Fiona Gurney is the talented artist behind these angelic pieces. She also designs other covetable gifts such as hearts and birds, jewellery and house signs.
The mosaics are made from glass tiles, recycled china and other treasures she picks up from antique and charity shops. Each piece is individual and Fiona is happy to take commissions, if there is something special you require.
I've known Fiona for many years and have always admired her artistic flair, whether it's with china or fabric. We have four of her mosaics in our kitchen and every day they give me pleasure when I look at them.
Fiona has worked on a number of projects in the community, including the creation of five large mosaics to represent the Olympic Torch passing through South Holland in 2012. This involved a collaboration with University Academy Holbeach and more than 900 volunteers.
Visitors to Ayscoughfee Hall may have noticed the magnificent textile panels hanging in the hallway. These were also designed by Fiona, working with another talented team following a workshop at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels.
Until the end of March, you can find Box of Frogs Mosaics at Unique Cottage Studios, Fulney, Spalding. This is such a lovely place to visit, as there are several artists here who showcase their work in stained glass, pottery and textiles.
Like other artists at the studios, Fiona offers workshops to anyone who fancies being a little creative. In the next few months she is offering mosaic-making workshops in love tokens, mirrors, house signs and swooping swallows. All materials, tuition and light refreshments are provided.
Talking of refreshments, Unique Cottage Studios is highly recommended, whether you're feeling arty or not. Their cafe is a very popular spot, open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, serving delicious food and drinks. When I was last there, it seemed to be the hub for local cycling groups, stopping off for some treats en route.
I'll be heading there myself in a few weeks to pick up my heavenly host, so will definitely make time for a coffee and cake catch-up with Fiona.
If you want to find out more about the mosaics and workshops, go to the Box of Frogs Mosaics Facebook page. Hopefully you'll find that perfect gift for someone or, if you discover a previously hidden talent, you might be able to create something sensational yourself.
You can read Trish's blog at www.mumsgoneto.co.uk