Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday's Tribute: The Lampworker

Since Tuesday's Tribute is NOT about me— I have chosen to highlight on my wife the lampworker. Now… before you think that my wife fixes lamps I need to clarify what lampworking is. According to Wikipedia: "Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass".

My wife has a love for glass. Many times she told me that she would love to learn glass blowing— but she never knew of a place that she could afford to take classes at. Once she found out that the Lill Street Art Center had glass bead making classes, she jumped at the chance to get her hands on it (not literally of course). I asked her why she likes glass bead making and she said it is very similar to other forms of glass making— but glass bead making allows you to work in miniature… and she loves miniatures. You can finish a bead a lot quicker than other forms of glass— so there is more of an instant gratification because you can take home your creation without having to wait overnight for the piece to cool as you would with larger pieces. Glass is very organic to her in that it flows and has a life of its own in its molten state. Working in a 3D medium is a challenge to her because all the other mediums that she has worked with up to this time is 2D (pen and ink, charcoal, watercolors).

Rather than explaining her work— I thought I would let her work speak for itself. Below are a few pictures that I found that represent some of the pieces that she has created over the years:

Beach series— from Beads

Beach series—from Beads

Bottle series— from Beads

Blue bottle— from Beads

Icicle— from Beads

Unfortunately she now has a full time job which means she doesn't have the time she would prefer to be at the studio and create more beads. It would be nice if she could work at home, but we don't have a place set aside in our townhouse for her to work at home— besides she may be a bit weary of torches after our recent Kitchen Sink-gate fiasco.

Tuesday's Tribute
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