Artist Statement: I produce lampwork glass beads. Pretty and shiny. My beads are a bit different though. They are pretty and shiny, but they aren’t round. They are all sculptural and many are inspired by the west I live in. I make galloping horses, very cute cowgirls, stylish cowboy boots, fancy cowboy hats, skulls, birds from Indian Pueblo pottery, stone like petroglyph figures and animals. Each bead is hand sculpted from glass melted with torch. All the colors are applied hot glass and not painted on afterward.
I earned a Masters in Fine Art, but I was a printmaker/painter/sculptor till I thought I would add some glass to my mixed media sculptures. That decision back in 1997 put me on a road I’m really happy about. I’ve never used any glass elements in a mixed media sculpture; instead I make small wearable glass sculptures.
I sell my beads and jewelry via my website, in galleries and in shows across the west. I dreamt of working and earning a living as an artist. I learned to be a business woman. I’m probably still dreaming of being a cowgirl (need a horse). I’m delighted to find a life that I love.
Lampworking n. the process or technique of forming glass items with rods or tubes of colored glass by heating them in an oxygen-gas flame. Early lampworking was done in the flame of an oil lamp, with the artist using a foot mechanism to blow air into the flame. I use a torch that burns propane for my fuel gas, mixed with the oxygen as the oxidizer. Once in a molten state (about 1300 degrees F) the glass is formed and shaped with tools and the canes of glass.
It is also known as flameworking or torchworking as the modern practice no longer used oil-fueled lamps. The earliest verifiable lampworked glass is probably a collection of beads thought to date to the fifth century BC. Lampworking became widely practiced in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. Lampworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a furnace and glory hole as the primary means to heat the glass.