I learned lampworking in 2010 when I apprenticed under Johnny Olsen and Pati Walton. They are both fabulous bead-makers. Johnny taught me the basics and once I could make a nice round bead, Pati took over from there. I can honestly say, to her chagrin, I haven’t made a round bead since! I love the medium of glass and I love beads so the combo really lights my torch…so to speak.
Lampworking is a type of glasswork where a torch (or what used to be called a lamp) is used to melt glass rods. My lampwork beads are fun and funky. For a colorist such as myself (if you’ve ever seen my paintings, you’ll know what I mean), glass makes a wonderful medium to experiment with glorious color. Color has always been my main attraction when doing artwork of any kind and it is evident in my bead designs.
When I am not teaching the Intuitive bead embroidery workshops, I am at my torch cooking up new beads. No two are alike and that is entirely on purpose! (They are imperfect and wobbly.)
I combine my beads to make one-of-a-kind jewelry, wire-stemmed flowers and leaves, mandalas for the covers of journals and various other colorful and organic-looking treasures. I also make wire hangers for finishing bead embroidery. All are for sale in my studio.
Take the fun and funky lampwork beads, mix them all together and voilá! One-of-a-kind handmade necklaces, earrings,and other jewelry! They make unique gifts for family and friends.
I love to make wonky beads full of bright colors. Sometimes I am in the mood to make jewelry with hoards of beads while others, I want the simplicity of just one or two beads, showing off their inherent funkiness. Have fun checking them all out below.