A glass act

Step into Emma Mayle’s studio on the outskirts of Newark and you’ll find yourself surrounded by all the colours of the rainbow – a cornucopia of fused glass jewellery, art and household objects…

Tucked away in a purpose-built log cabin in her garden, that studio is home to Stopped Clock Glass, the business she launched in the summer of 2017 after quitting her job as a family support officer to pursue her dream of being a glass artist.

Emma will be chatting to June and Rachel on next Sunday‘s show, describing how a couple of curve balls thrown her way in her mid 20s prompted her to turn her attention to her lifelong passion for the arts and study for a degree in contemporary crafts.

Find out how, with her two young sons now at school, she’s achieved her dream of creating her own colourful creations and selling them at craft markets across the region.

And how she’s now taken the next step, joining fellow artists and small business owners who’ve opened pop up shops just this month in the newly-renovated Newark Buttermarket

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon as Emma shares her story with the Girls Around Town – and learn how you could try your hand at creating your own pieces of glass work on one of her taster or full day workshops.

A feast of treats at Thoresby Park

No more excuses for using the word – with only 56 sleeps to go, Christmas is sure to be front and centre of everyone’s mind by now! Which means it’s time to give some serious thought to shopping…

And if last-minute gifts are on your list, you’ll want to hear what Teresa Molloy has to say when she joins the Girls Around Town in the studio this weekend.

The annual Winterfest Arts and Crafts Fair returns to Thoresby Park on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November and Teresa will be sharing all the details of the event with June and Rachel in the first hour of Sunday‘s show.

“One of Nottinghamshire‘s best-kept secrets no longer, last year’s Winterfest was the best yet with some fabulous handmade crafts on sale inside the Victorian Riding Hall and plenty of tasty treats to enjoy outside in The Courtyard too,” she says.

“We’re different from most Christmas fairs – supporting local crafters who put a lot of time and effort into their business is important to us so we only accept handmade items to sell at Winterfest.”

This family-friendly event runs from 10am to 4pm both days, with free admission and visits from Santa himself, along with carol singing from local choirs, music from brass bands and free craft workshops run by Thoresby Studio artists.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon for a peek at what’s in store – rumour has it there’ll be some rather special brownies you might want to put at the very top of that shopping list!

Soap with a conscience

You probably think long and hard about what’s in all the skin care and beauty products you use, right?

But how much thought do you give to something as simple as that bar of soap sitting in the bathroom or by the kitchen sink?

Not a lot, at a guess – after all, it’s no sooner on your hands or body than you’re rinsing it off again…

But not all soaps are created equal and if you want to find out why, you need to tune in or listen online this weekend, when June and Rachel take a look behind the scenes of Soapology with their guest Louise Grosse.

Based in Farndon, Louise creates handcrafted, artisan soaps using only 100 per cent natural ingredients. Made in small, quality-controlled batches, each bar is unique, with essential oils chosen and blended carefully for their therapeutic benefits.

With natural colourants in swirls, layers or solid colours, the soaps she makes aren’t just great for your skin – they look like little works of art when not in use too. And who could resist soaps with names such as MojitoPerfect GentlemanSudweiserHello Yellow and Sham-Pooch (yes, there’s even one especially for your four-legged friends!)?

What’s more, these ‘soaps with a conscience’ are eco-friendly as well. “None of our soaps contain palm oil, a decision we made because we are uncomfortable with contributing to deforestation of the natural habitat of orangutans and other wildlife who call the forests of Indonesia their home,” says Louise. “After a lot of hard work and many trial batches, we believe we have created a recipe that is superior to others that do contain palm oil.”

Join the Girls Around Town between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear Louise explain how she taught herself the traditional cold process method of soap making known as saponification and how you can even try your hand at making your own soap on one of her Soapology Studio workshops.