Art and Glass Stories

As an Artisan I might even be a bit late starting to think about Christmas… sorry

doves of peace, stained glass suncatchers, christmas decorations

The lovely Mrs A of Hooks and Dragons wrote a post this week called ‘Christmas is Coming’.  I nearly didn’t open it.  Indignantly chastising her to myself with the usual ‘its only bloody September’.  Fortunately I did open it and read it because she reminded me, and I’m now reminding you, that should you wish to buy unique , handmade gifts from talented local artisans then you, as a gift giver, need to think about that and contact your chosen artists/crafters asap.

If like me, you are one of those artists/crafters you really need to get your finger out and start making stock or advertising your made-to-order services because if people want things in time for Christmas I (you) need to liaise, price up, design, get approval, acquire supplies, make and ship those items to your lovely customer.

These customers will be those special people who have realised that there’s nothing quite like a gift that has been chosen and made especially for a specific friend or family member; ones who realise the importance of buying and supporting a sole-trading artisan; ones who realise that giving a handmade item in a design chosen by them is far more personal and thoughtful than anything that you can pick up off the shelf; someone who wants to give their unique and specifial friends and family members an equally unique and special gift to demonstrate exactly how important their ‘people’ are to them.

So here I am, as an artisan, reminding you of my services and advising you to book a slot in the 12 week window still available if you want something made for you.

Here are a few holiday season specific glass decorations in my portfolio followed by a few commissioned pieces I’ve made in the past .  Anything is possible.  am happy to quote without obligation.  Give me a call…

Check out my shop here on my blog

I also design and make panels and windows to order


So, if you would like a handmade stained glass gift for someone don’t delay, get in touch; and also don’t forget to check out Hooks and Dragons fantastic crochet gift ideas.  thanks for the heads up Mrs A xxx


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(11) Comments

  1. Oh my gosh yes! Getting something extra special does take time. Those pieces are gorgeous! I’m a bit in love with your Robin 🙂 Thank you for bringing all the talent to the #dreamteam xx

    1. Berni Benton says:

      cheers Annette. Hoping to start making robins and doves this afternoon – better late than never 😉

  2. Your product is really beautiful Berni. And yes I can really see why you (and us too) need to start thinking of the Christmas purchases now if they are to be handmade. #thesatsesh

    1. Berni Benton says:

      thank you so much Hayley. Sadly its now the end of September and I’m still only in the thinking about it stage, this is slowly becoming the panic about it phase 😉

      1. Oh noooooo – don’t panic Berni! You’ll get it all sorted… sometimes the anticipation is worse than having to get through the work! xx

  3. Beautiful designs! #thesatsesh

    1. Berni Benton says:


  4. Rosie Doal says:

    Sept is a perfect time to start thinking about Xmas – and like you say especially for people who make crafts and gifts. I hope it all goes well x #MixItUp

    1. Berni Benton says:

      but its nearly October now and thinking is all i’ve done 😉

  5. Wow–those are beautiful!

    1. Berni Benton says:

      Thank you ! <3

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