Glass, formed and shaped by fire,
transforms light to produce
the colors we see.
The fun begins when the sticks of colored glass are melted in the flame, and shaped into beads and other small items. The range of colors, shapes, and designs is infinite. I like to play transparent and opaque glass off against each other to create a sense of depth in the piece.
Most of my beads have organic designs, sometimes with layered dots of various colors. The surface of the bead can be manipulated with a tool to create swirls and other complex patterns.
The beads I make are combined in necklaces and bracelets, or into pendants and earrings. I enjoy the challenge of creating beads that go into my finished jewelry. Making my own beads allows me to make the beads I want to use in my final design. These beads are the stars of my pieces, with seed beads, metal beads, and crystals in secondary roles.
My first experience with glass was in a scientific glassblowing class, making test tubes and condensers. Fun, but we only had clear tubing to work with. Years later I took hot glass workshops making paperweights, and was fascinated with the range of colors available. Fun, but not as easily set up for one person to do. At the same time, I was introduced to lampworking on a small torch to shape glass.
For a few years my beadmaking was limited to one-week workshops or weekend classes at Mendocino Art Center and Feather River Art Camp. In 2016 I set up my own workspace here in Gualala, and began making beads on my own. It’s a simple setup, requiring only an oxygen concentrator, a small propane tank, a torch, and a small kiln to anneal the finished beads. The glass I use in my beads comes from Italy in a rainbow of colors.
Fogline Studio is named for that ever-changing location where fog and sunlight meet along the coast. I am a member of the North Coast Artists Guild and the Gualala Art Center. I have exhibited at Art in the Redwoods for several years, receiving awards in the glass category. My work can be seen at the Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.