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Lydia Singleton | University of Sunderland

Glass and Ceramics BA (Hons)

Student Profile:

  • Name: Lydia Singleton
  • Age: 18
  • Studying: Glass and Ceramics (Hons)
  • Hometown: Wisconsin, USA
  • Ambitions: "To become an internationally-recognised artist."

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April 21st, 2013

A Day on the Metro

So while my dad and sister were here we decided to buy a day pass on the metro and go around Newcastle. The first place we went was into Newcastle to do a little shopping but unfortunately I was the only one who really wanted to shop. :[ Next was Tynemouth which is where my flatmate Liam is from, so he’d shown me what it looks like on Google Maps before but it was even more beautiful in person! Then we went to North Shields and were literally about to get the ferry to South Shields when my sister realised she’d left her camera in a pub in Tynemouth….and we had to go ALL the way back to get it. -_- After that minor crisis we got on the ferry and then from South Shields we went back home to Sunderland.

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April 3rd, 2013

Easter Weekend

So at last I’m doing a post about my weekend! Wow. Let me start off by saying it was CRAZY busy. It started on Thursday, when my dad and sister, Sophia, got here. I met them at the metro at about 5 and took them back to my flat. They’d had a long day of traveling so it was a pretty early night for everyone.

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We’re freaks, what can I say. ;]

Then on Friday we walked about 3 miles to go see this place where I can store some of my stuff at for over the summer. We walked back into town over Queen Alexandra Bridge and did some shopping. Nothing too exciting, just food and essentials haha. Friday night was my first Bank Holiday shift and I worked from 8pm to 4am at Gatsby and Arizona–yay long hours! Just one of the perks of being a shot girl. ;]


















Thank god for coffee haha.

I barely got any sleep that night as I got in around 5 then had to be up for the football match at 11. My first football match ever! Sunderland vs. Manchester United, at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland was….well, let’s just say they didn’t play very well and lost 0-1. And after sitting in front of a group of guys who were literally shouting “ha’way man!” every 3 minutes, I’d be well happy if I never heard anyone say ha’way again….ever. Haha. It was a good game though, mint weather! :]

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IMG_1231IMG_1222When it was over I went home for a much needed nap and then it was off to work again for another 8 hour shift. Sunday I ended up sleeping most of the day while my dad and sister went to explore Alnwick and see the castle. I would’ve loved to have gone (uhm, hello, Alnwick Castle is basically Hogwarts!) but considering I didn’t get in from work till 6am, there was no chance of me being able to hop on an 8:45am metro with them. I would’ve died. I worked again Sunday night and I think I must’ve actually forgot that it was Easter because all weekend I’d been seeing people out in town wearing bunny ears and I’d been wondering what the heck was up with that and it wasn’t until Sunday night that it finally clicked and I realized, OH YEAH IT’S EASTER ISN’T IT. Not one of my smartest moments. :/ But then again the Easter Bunny didn’t come and I didn’t get any chocolate eggs so you’ll hafta give me a break. :[ Monday was just a relaxed day–I slept till about 3pm and my dad and sister went to the beach. It’s weird having them here! I’ve gotten used to living on my own haha. But it is nice, I hadn’t seen them since September. Anyway, I think that about sums up my weekend. Stay tuned for more posts–and lots of pictures!–cuz I’ve had a busy week. :]

March 27th, 2013


My Monday mornings at uni have changed from flame working to sand casting. The concept of it is pretty simple: you make some sort of impression in the sand and then pour hot glass over it and voila! So far I’ve made some impressions of my hand and my phone case. :]


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March 8th, 2013

Pictures from the Photoshoot

Andy very kindly sent me some of the pictures from the photoshoots I’ve done, so I thought I’d share the ones I like with you! :]

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February 26th, 2013

Egg Muffin Recipe


  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 small onion
  • half a red pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 18 slices of ham
  • salt
  • seasonings


  1. Chop up the onion and saute in a frying pan until it’s caramelized.
  2. Chop the tomato, pepper, and ham into small pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs.
  4. Stir in the onion, tomato, pepper, spinach and ham.
  5. Add a bit of salt and Italian seasoning to taste.
  6. Fill 14 muffin cups nearly to the top.
  7. Cook in a 200 degree oven for 20-25 minutes–just make sure they don’t burn!
  8. EAT! They’re delicious and healthy and super easy to make. They make a great snack or breakfast. :]

February 24th, 2013

How to Make a Flame Worked Flower

just a little video I took during my flameworking class–our lecturer was showing us how to make a flower. :]

January 29th, 2013

My Chilli Recipe :)

So last night I made the most delicious chilli ever and I thought I’d share the recipe with you because…..well, because it was delicious! :] So here you go:



  • an onion
  • garlic
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pack of mince beef or Quorn mince (which I used cuz it was on special at Tesco)
  • 1 tin of kidney beans
  • mixed veggies
  • salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • Fajita mix (yes I used the one that we got in our “welcome to uni” packs haha)


  • Chop the onion and garlic and cook in a pan until golden brown.





























  • Add in the frozen veggies–as much as you want really.















  • Next, add the chopped tomatoes.















  • Then add the mince (although if you’re using real beef, you’ll have to cook it before hand–I didn’t have to because I used Quorn)















  • Then add the kidney beans.















  • Stir everything together, add Italian seasoning, salt and fajita mix to taste, and then let simmer for about ten minutes or until the tomatoes have cooked down a bit.















  • Serve topped with cheese! (Because who doesn’t like cheese)















Voila! This makes A LOT of chilli–I think it’s definitely going to be my dinner for the next couple days but it’s really good so I don’t mind. Hope you guys enjoy!


January 28th, 2013

Finding Somewhere to Live For Second Year

After only having been in Sunderland for about 3 months, I had to start thinking about where and who I wanted to live with next year, which, let me tell you, IS ACTUALLY VERY STRESSFUL. Everyone seemed to be trying to rush into getting houses, convinced that there’d be no where to live if they didn’t figure something out ASAP, and I was just sitting there like “BUT I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO I WANT TO LIVE WITH.” I did go see about four different houses in different parts of Sunderland–and out of those there was really only one nice one. The first house we looked at had mold everywhere, not to mention the landlord was a bit sketchy. :/ So after looking over ridiculous contracts (one place expected us to keep the hedge and grass in front of the house trimmed!) in the end, I talked to some of my friends and we decided that we’re just going to stay at Panns again next year. It’s a reasonable price, all bills are included, it’s close to uni, and plus I still get to live with my friends. :] Also there were some good earlybird offers for applying in December and January. For the most part I really like living in halls, so if anyone has any questions about what living in Panns is like, don’t hesitate to ask! And actually, I’ll do a tour of my flat and post it here within the next couple days–as I think the flat’s pretty clean right now. :]