Here’s my story…
My life changed when, at the request of my daughter, we attended a beginner glass bead making class at Bavin Glassworks in BC for her 16th birthday (2010). I really did not expect this art form to take over my world, but since that class so much has happened. Of course with a new hobby comes new friends that are like minded and share the same interests. Some of these ladies have now become my best friends and I am so grateful to have them in my life!
I am blessed to have a two torch studio complete with a ventilation system, kiln’s, and all the glass, tools and toys required to make glass beads at home. Incredible! Then it came about that I could share my studio with other lampwork friends who don’t have a studio. Then, after some years of acquiring the skill and knowledge, I decided to start teaching small classes for one-four people here at my home studio. I absolutely love sharing the artform with others!
Along the way I learned about Beads of Courage. It is a non profit charity that is committed to transforming the treatment experience for children and families coping with serious illnesses. Through the Beads of Courage Program, children tell their story as they receive colourful glass beads to commemorate milestones along their treatment path. I now donate beads to this charity. In April 2014, my glass “owl” was the featured bead at the 2014 gala fundraiser event. In 2019 I was inducted into the Beads of Courage Hall of Fame. I am so proud of this accomplishment.
This is such an amazing art form to learn. I encourage anyone who would like to try something truly beautiful for the soul to give it a try. There is nothing more peaceful and relaxing to me. It is my “yoga/zen” time and It involves melting glass rods at a torch to a molten buttery state and then using balance and gravity with your mandrel to form, shape and create your glass bead. It is absolute wow!