*Making Beads* 

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I make handmade lampworked beads. What's lampworking?  It's the process of shaping hot glass using a torch - the name comes from Italy, where before Modern Technology kicked in, the early glassworkers made their beads using oil lamps and foot bellows as a heat source.  Check out the pages above - you can see my studio, tools & torch & kiln & glass, and you can see a fish being born!

Glass Beadmaking is an ancient art form that's been around for over 3000 years, and in the last 15 years or so it's exploded (not literally, heaven forbid!) into a Riotous Artistic Renaissance in the U.S.  With the founding of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers in 1993, glass workers were able to exchange technical knowledge, support, information, mentoring, and education, and meet for a Drop From Exhaustion Good Time at the annual Gatherings. 

The ISGB website (www.isgb.org) provides a great member forum (anything you'd ever want to know!), an extensive link list of members' websites, class listings, teaching standards, info on the next Gathering, and more.  It's a great organization - join!  There are also a bunch of local chapters around the country where folks can get together on a regular basis for demos, slide shows, dessert, trunk shows, dessert, show n' tell, mini classes, dessert, schmooze, and dessert.  Much fun!!