Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Start of Something Big
So what is this, you're asking?
Why, it's the Start of Something Big!
Ever since I discovered artisan lampwork, those incredibly detailed works of art, I've been fascinated by them and they've become an integral part of my jewelry designs. They're not made in factories, but one at a time using a torch and rods of glass.
At first, I didn't think I'd ever want to make them myself -- fear of fire, freakishly intense perfectionist, etc etc. But then my dad and I took a glass blowing class and I made these:
And, I was officially hooked.
Renting torch space in a bead shop was rather prohibitive, because the closest location was an hour's drive in any direction. The solution? My own glass studio.
We already had a huge wooden shed in the backyard, and over time we've cleared out a lot of junk (Goodwill now officially loves us), and just last week, I had electricity installed. Thus, the picture of a wall socket.
I'm very excited! It's been a long time coming, and I still have more to do to get completely set up, but the electricity installation was an enormous first step. All of my lampworking equipment has been collected over time and has been languishing in boxes in my office, and let me tell you, I'll be glad to get all that out from underfoot!
I'll post more photos as things progress!
You can see what I make at www.lorianderson.net