Although we have been busy working towards Christmas exhibitions, Public commissions and teaching, I can always find some time to experiment with glass techniques. This work started from a wedding bowl commission; they wanted to contain a small amount of sand from areas that the bride and groom originate from. This led to some intense testing and some interesting results. All test pieces were with Bullseye French Vanilla and clear; all have been fired several times to eliminate the large bubbles and then sandblasted. I hope to experiment more over the Xmas holidays. This work, i hope, is beginning to edge away from 'pretty' glass and use my medium in more expressive ways.