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—How they are made—
Making beads begins with effetre glass rods from Italy and Germany. The tips of these rods are
carefully introduced into a torch or flame. Then they are heated to a melt point and then wound
around a metal rod that has been previously dipped in a ceramic separating medium. This molten
glass gets rotated continuously in the flame so it doesn't burn or distort. Base beads are embellished
with raised or flattened dots of varying colours, patterns and opacities. Most are well-known techniques,
but simply getting a perfectly round bead with the hole centered in itself can be a challenge. My birds
and the large flat focals are original designs and techniques that came from experimentation . Each
bead is unique because it
is made by hand one at a time. Llike sculpture, using color, form and design,
lampworking art glass beads is a 3 dimensional work that I love to do. After annealing in the kiln all
beads are carefully inspected
during the cleaning process. This is the stage when the bead release
residue is thoroughly removed. Beads can be dropped without
the worry of breakage because of
marble-like strength, but of course to a certain point, because it is glass.
in 2010, I completed a glass intensive at "The Studio" in Corning NY with glass master, Loren Stump.
After returning and after many attempts, I finally completed my first signature cane. Having a signature
cane now identifies my pieces and they can perhaps become collector items. A collecter from the US
contacted me to obtain a sample of my signature cane which is now part of a master catalogue. Cane
is very tiny, but it
is magnified when clear glass is added on top. I also came home with a treasured
paper weight. Having Loren's help during its final assembly and with the flame polishing, and that it
took me a whole week to complete all the components, I now have a deep respect and admiration
for paperweights like those of Paul Stankart. My treasure is usually on display during a studio tour.
Each bead has a separate and distinct way of presenting itself, but the key element is aligning all the
components in a harmonious way. I tend to stay away from trends and prefer to maintain my style
of simple elegance which is a more timeless traditon as opposed to the bigger and bolder pieces.
Creating jewelry allows me the control and satisfaction of knowing exactly how each bead will be used.
Everything is finished with high polish solid sterling silver and sometimes with semi-precious beads,
fresh water pearls and other delights. Now, a little boast... I was awarded 2nd place for jewellery from
an Ontario Juried Craft Show in 2008 with over 375 vendors. It was great to recieve the recognition.
Success for me is the sales of course, but it usually comes from the women wearing my work.
I love to see women smile when they see or try on my pieces, and in the months and years after,
I smile when I see them being worn. It is in this tradition that perhaps the joy I experienced
created them has entered into their lives. Beads are created in an almost zen like state, usually
with soft music filling my ears and a mint tea within reach. My finished designs are not production
pieces and you will most liekely not see them anywhere else. Art glass and jewelry design have
endless design possibilities and colour combinations. Even though I am getting faster and
better, I still have allot to explore. You will always find something new to look at when I am at
a show or on a studio tour and unfortunately, it is not always reflected on this website. Most
of my efforts go into making the pieces as opposed to keeping my website up to date.
This just means you will just have to come out to see my new finished pieces in person.
You are also welcome to my blog.
I believe the last vestige of truly Canadian made products
can only be found at studio tours and juried craft shows. I also believe that
buying local is in tune with building or sustaining your local economy.