Gemini Craft Designs is a Lincoln based husband and wife run ‘Arts & Crafts’ business that prides itself on designing and hand crafting unique glass gifts.
As a hobby Mandy started ‘Totally Unique Cards’, specialising in bespoke hand-crafted cards, wedding invitations and sentiment boxes.
Over the years her hobby gradually grew and expanded into jewellery, charms and then into glass jewellery and wall art. After a career as a Counsellor, working with young children and teenagers, Mandy decided to retire and continue with her hobby of hand crafted glass jewellery, ornaments and wall art.
After a long career in the IT world, Ron retired in 2012 and was looking for something, apart from golf, to occupy his time. Having worked in glass recycling for over 20 years, it seemed only obvious that he should join Mandy and further develop their skills in fused glass together.
Their hobby totally took over and became a way of life so, in December 2012, they decided to make this a new career and started Gemini Craft Designs. As their daughter had left home, her playroom was converted into a glass studio and the garage was converted to take the kilns.
In 2013 they joined the Lincolnshire Country Craft Association and Ron was elected as the Treasurer in 2015.
To help the future generation of crafters, Ron & Mandy are now offering work experience to students from Newark College. They help the students to understand glass properties and develop their technical skills and design techniques. Only taking one student at a time means one-to-one tuition and unlimited workshop time.
They regularly run full day workshops teaching people how to design and create their own unique fused glass items.
Apart from selling on the web, they exhibit at craft fairs, exhibitions, shows and galleries.
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