I’ve been a fan of handmade jewellery since my days at Mercer Island High School where I took my first jewellery-making class as an elective. I got to make a sterling silver ring using a lost wax casting technique and I was hooked. Since then, I’ve always kept jewellery-making and beading in my life as a hobby.
I discovered lampwork bead-making through Legendary Beads in Austin Texas in 2004 and took my first class at Blue Moon Glass. While there, I got to meet Andrea Guarino and watch a demonstration of the versitality of what was available in lampwork beads. I didn’t really get to be on a torch again until 2013 when my second son started nursery in Devon in the UK. It was by chance that I ended up close enough to get kitted out by Donna at Rockin’ Beads who gave me my first refresher course and take some serious classes at Mangobeads in Barnstaple.
Since then, I’ve had some amazing teachers, including Amanda Muddimer, Joy Porteous, Corina Tettinger, and Irina Sergeeva. Even better has been the amazing community of talented artists I’ve gotten to know from Devon and beyond. I’m not selling lampwork beads of my own at the moment, as I’ve been enjoying making just for the sheer fun of it. If you’re a close friend you’ll probably get beads for a gift however!
I joined GBUK as Webmaster this year to continue to grow my knowledge of lampworking and the wonderful artists in the UK. If you want to follow my progress, I do have a facebook page for lampwork buddies.