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earthsea

Location

Mattapoisett, MA, United States

Quick Blurb

I am a retired school teacher who discovered the joy of glass many years ago. I am fortunate to be able to pursue that.

Interests

Lampwork, Glass Beads, Crochet, Marine, Ocean, Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Whales, Flamingos, Birds, SCUBA,

Skills and Techniques

Lampworking, Kumihimo, Bead Crochet, Peyote, Spiral rope, Herringbone, Wire wrapping

Get to Know

I am a lampwork glass artist working with soft glass , also known as soda-lime glass. Lampworking is a type of glasswork where a torch or 'lamp' is used to melt the glass. Once the glass is molten, pieces are formed by blowing and shaping it with tools and hand movements. I use a mixed fuel torch which is a combination of propane and oxygen.
I love working with glass, it makes me happy. It is solid, then fluid, then solid again. It moves, it has its good days and bad (like me!), it's challenging and captivating all at the same time. And the colors! The jewels tones of the birds, the blues of the sea and sky, the greens and browns of the earth are all displayed in the little glass treasures I create. Much of my work reflects an animal or nature theme. I live near the ocean and love to go to the beach for inspiration, or sometimes just to bead or birdwatch.
The name Earthsea comes from the writings of Ursula LeGuin, whose works I fell in love with in college. It seemed a perfect fit since the focus of my work is on the natural world surrounding us. Plus all those wonderful dragons!

Since I am a retired Animal Science/Marine Biology teacher, my sculptural beads tend to be miniature birds, animals and sea creatures along with some dragons! Some are just display, some have holes and can be made into pendants at the buyer's request, and some are plant stakes and zipper pulls. They are all fun!

Every item in my shop is handmade by me. The lampwork glass beads are available as individual beads and sets.I am also very happy to accept custom requests which are priced according to the design.

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