Bead Of the Month

January 2022: New Year, New Adventures with Glass

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January 2022: New Year, New Adventures with Glass

With the start of the year 2022 I find myself contemplating where my glass adventures might take me in the coming months. In the past year of continued isolation, I’ve enjoyed the benefits of social media, Facebook friends, Zoom classes, symposiums and even the 4-day gathering hosted by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers in June. I’ve met people I otherwise might not have met, and have shared and been inspired by many beautiful pieces created by artists from around the world. The pieces in the picture above shows a smattering of different techniques I was drawn to work with in...

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December 2021: Changing light, muted colours

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December 2021: Changing light, muted colours

December— Changing light, cold winds, crunchy snow, dripping icicles, muted colours, puffed up birds, quiet. One of the great things about living in Toronto is the chance to experience all 4 seasons of the year and with December upon us we come to the start of true winter weather here. In my studio I find my creative urges to be similarly cyclical. This month I’ve gone back to the challenge of the cabochon. In last December’s blog I talked about the joy of dots and lines; the precision in placement combined with the precision of heat control to create clean symmetrical...

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November 2021: All about texture

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November 2021: All about texture

November, at least in Canada, seems to be the month where things start to lose their shine. Less brilliant sunlight, more cloudy grey days and the last leaves falling to blanket the backyard in layers and layers of texture.  In the last few weeks I’ve blown hundreds of small beads on the end of a 4mm stainless steel pipe. I’ve worked with a number of different types of glass and enamels to come up with a wide variety of colors and- something I don’t do often- texture. One easy way to do this is to blow a large thin bubble over 20 cm....

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October 2021: Autumn Colours, Frit and Reflection

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October 2021: Autumn Colours, Frit and Reflection

October in Ontario often means the advent of cooler weather; shorter days and longer nights… It also brings the beautiful colours of the fall season. Trees shifting from deep greens to vibrant reds, pinks, purples, oranges and yellows. All a reminder of the warmth of the summer past.  In May’s Bead of the Month blog I wrote about reduction glass produced by Double Helix Glassworks. These marvelous glasses come in two forms: solid rods or frit (crushed glass). This month I’ve been experimenting with the frit option- sometimes one colour alone, sometimes a mix of many. Each combination gives off...

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September 2021: New marble bead designs

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September 2021: New marble bead designs

As the days shift into the coolness of autumn I find myself reflecting on the summer past, particularly the glass adventures in my studio. At the height of the summer I was part of a class that encouraged me to once again try my hand at creating marbles. Six weeks and over 100 attempts later I can happily say I am still discovering new things every day. Dots, lines and colour combinations can bring interesting surprises in this small 26mm implosion. And I haven’t strayed too far from the wig wag design that I wrote about in last month’s Bead...

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