This is me...
I'm Ruth. I grew up in Birmingham. After filling my parents' house with snakes, rodents, parrots and fish, I went to Bristol University to study Zoology (that's Biology without the boring plant bit).
And then on to London, where I spent ten happy, frenetic years as a journalist and editor.
Somehow I picked up a husband, two children, four cats, an enormous dog and twenty random chickens along the way.
About a million years later, I'm running DoodlePippin from a garden studio in Reigate, Surrey.
And this is millefiori...
Millefiori is an ancient method of manipulating clay and glass to create intricate kaleidoscopic patterns.
The pattern runs through the clay like the words in a stick of rock.
These pieces of clay (called canes) are sliced, and the slices used to decorate jewellery, ceramics, glassware and household items.
It's a simple process, but there's a lot of luck and serendipity involved. And it's impossible to make the same pattern twice!
What happens next?
Most of the patterned clay is used to make my handmade originals (bangles, earrings, bowls etc), which are generally sold through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen gallery.
But I also take a reference slice from every cane I make.
The reference slices are cured and photographed.
Digital versions of these slices form the basis of all my designs.