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Stonehaven, North East Scotland, United Kingdom
Shoogly Beads is a husband and wife design team based beside the sea in Stonehaven on the lovely Northeast coast of Scotland. Mike is responsible for the gorgeous polymer clay beads and Pat is responsible for the jewellery design. The 'Shoogly' part of our name comes from a good Scots word meaning shaky, wobbly, swinging......just what beads and charms should do when you hang them off things.......a charm bracelet should be very shoogly as should dangly earrings! We also make and sell exclusive beads, pendants, charms, buttons and other bits and pieces in polymer clay. These can be used for your own creations! Pat has also re-discovered her love of painting and other crafts and some of these have been added to our shops. Currently we are selling our contemporary jewellery, polymer clay, art work and knitting via Folksy and Etsy

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Do We Have a Workshop?

Shoogly Beads Workshop!
Sometimes we're asked where we have our workshop. Mike creates things with clay (I dabble!) and I create jewellery with stones and wire. Just mention clay and people think, mucky, sticky! Mention jewellery and they think, clean and polished!
How could the two manage in the same workshop? Well we don't  have a workshop! We work together in the same room at the same large table! The room is our dining room and our dining table doubles as our workspace!! We don't often eat there as you can imagine!
You may be able to make out our individual workspaces in the first picture. Mike has the bit covered in the white board and the rest of the space is mine!
The second picture shows more of Mike's workspace, his precious pasta machine which will never see pasta making again, one of his racks ready to go in the oven. The rest is stacks of boxes containing canes he has made, hand tools and scrap clay. Somehwere you just might see a box holding finished items! This I might add is a tidy 'Mike' space. All his other 'stuff' is stacked in the old dresser you can just see....don't ask where we keep the dishes!!
The third picture shows my work space. The trusty laptop sits there most of the time as does my calculator. I'm responsible for all the costing, buying and selling as well as jewellery making! Here, I also draw, paint, sketch and make jewellery! I must say, however, that I can also make lots of things while sat on the sofa in front of the telly, Mike can't! You can actually see the pink box where I put finished commissions or stuff waiting to be photographed and uploaded into our shop. I can quickly close the laptop and turn it into a mini photographic studio with card, light and a few props. If daylight is too poor I resort to the kitchen worktops using the downlighters for extra light!!
Do we work daily in happy harmony?? Most of the time, yes we do, other times we row...mostly about the mess and encroaching upon each other's workspace. We'll argue about colours...our tastes in colour are opposite, Mike's into reds and oranges, I'm into greens and blues. The latter maybe reflects our starsigns, Mike's Leo and I'm Pisces! I probably complain most because bits of clay get everywhere..every so often I have to go over the dining room floor with an old bank card scraping bits of clay off the floor....thank the Lord for lino! Would I change this? Probably not. We do have a spare room upstairs that we could use but it's away from the kitchen, doesn't have a view straight out to the garden. It really is nice to be able to work creatively together, we've waited a long time to be able to do this. I think we'll be keeping our current arrangements!!


  1. I love to see people's workspaces. I work in my living room - maybe because it's the only room I have apart from bedroom and bathroom!
    It's good that you manage to share the space without annoying one another too much.

  2. Hi - I've just found your comment and am now following you - looking for Hannah too