A friend of mine is making lovely oversized yarn blankets, knitting needles and accessories. She is using some of my beads as well. Here are some beads I have made on the end of a mandrel (so they only have a hole half way though on one side) that she has dpu onto the ends of knitting needles.
After mant months away from the torch, I recently attended a three-day workshop with Bernie Stoner at Penel Bigg’s studio in Sydney. Bernie is from Kangaroo Island and has had a long career in glass. In this workshop I was introduced to using boro for the first time. Making points, blowing, pods etc are all new to me. Since the workshop I have started back at the torch. My challenge now to is to get the boro basics under control as well as NOT letting the soft glass go.
I was happily surprised to see one of my beads in the first edition of the new ISBG magazine Glass Bead Evolution.
I’m really looking forward to meeting up with some UK lampworkers at the 2013 Tuffnell Glass Flame Off, being held this year at Silverstone.
I have been working on some new beads in my “caged” bead series. I build a complex internal pattern with heavy encasing in clear. I then cover the bead in a heavy black cage. This final step sometimes seems quite … Continue reading
Happy New Year everyone. I’m lucky enough to have a few days off work BUT I’m afraid I have not been able to spend any time on making beads. We are suffering through a heat wave here in Australia! With temps rising to over 40C many days and bushfires all over the country the prospect of firing up my torch has not proved to be too appealing. I may spend some time sorting out my glass stash and cleaning up my workspace.
Here is a pic of a necklace I made a while ago for a recycled art competition. It is made out of Taylor’s Unwooded Chardonnay wine bottle glass plus some silver that comes from a bracelet I bought in Athens … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who came by my stall at the lovely Arcadia Markets on Saturday. I’m pleased many of my favourite pieces went to people I know, so I’ll see them again. Some pieces are also heading to Japan.