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My Lampworking “Desk”

glass table

my glass torch desk

Last week, Michael C. Wagner wanted to see fellow serial entrepreneur’s desks. I have multiple desks and I wondered, hey Mike, would you like to see an artist’s desk?  Well here it is.  It is where I go deep with my creative juices. Look close and see if you find anything significant. Happy hunting!

What does your desk look like?  What place inspires you to go deep with your creative side?

Not Your “Mummy’s” Trunk Show


Not your "Mummy"s Trunk Show

Still working on some great pieces for this weekend’s SPOOKY TRUNK SHOW. Here are some mummy beads before I finish them and one Frankenstein who is anything but scary.  There are some fabulous artists and lots of tricks and treats for all.  Bring a friend, someone to cling to in case you’re frightened by all the great products you’ll find.

See you there if you dare!

“Don’t Change That Dial!” – A GHOULISH Sale is here

ghost beads

Invasion of the Zombie Ghosts

Don’t be frightened . . .

Don’t change that dial . . .

It’s the invasion of the Zombie Ghost beads! A SPOOKTACULAR event is about to take place and you’re invited! Yes you, and your friends . . . if you DARE!! Some great artists, “not your MUMMY’S vendors“, will be selling some great and CREEPY things just in time for Halloween.  We will have Sisters of the Heart Tearoom providing some ghoulish appetizers.

We will also have the following artists: Nellie’s Nook, Just Beadiful, HandStamped by Love, Two Rivers Candle Co., Beantown Originals, Studio GR3, and Names and Frames.


Sunday, October 24th

12:00-4:00 pm

Wildwood Lodge’s   Thunder Bay Room (lower level)

11431 Forest Avenue

Clive, Iowa

Don’t be scared, we won’t frighten anyone away!   It’s a guaranteed “ghoul” time for all who dare to come! You might even find some early Christmas gifts if you look close.

The Masters at Play

I hope everyone is enjoying the fabulous weather we’ve been having lately, I know I have.Today I would like to share a YouTube video of some great Italian glass artists who took the time to collaborate on a project that would change children’s toys into a unique piece of art. Pay attention to the intricate detail that is achieved on such a large scale. It is truly amazing!


What a beautiful day it was here in the Midwest! We couldn’t have asked for a nicer Sunday.  Seeing all that sunshine today, it reminded me of this YouTube video on making a spiral marble pendant I saw.  There are all kinds of ways to make a marble pendant but this video is particularly nice.  Quality video and good music too, adds to the beautiful final product.  Enjoy watching this one:

“Jewelry Duty” Friday

So, here we are, another week slipped by. The weeks zing by so fast, sometimes I have to look at the calendar just to make sure it really happened.  I’ve been absent from paying attributes for the last several Fridays due to my greyhound, Goldie, getting seriously ill.  We almost lost him but didn’t thanks to an amazing vet surgeon and a higher power.  He’s now home again, recovering and resuming his roll as my sidekick in the studio.

Anyway, I would like to pay tribute to artists who command recognition in their field:

Madhaus Gallery – Robin Paul and John Gaps III run the coolest art studio in Winterset, Iowa.  I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Robin at her studio and was amazed at all the different mediums they teach in.  Way to go!

HandStamped by Love – I think Jeanne Love is the epitome of entrepreneur and go getter.  She designs and create one of a kind cards, invitations, and thank yous for her clients.  If you have a special event, HandStamped by Love is one to consider!

A Wag & A Smile – I had the pleasure of being set up next to Sandy at a recent greyhound event and even purchased one of her high quality dog coats.  Her designs for your pup are top notch and clever tag holders are so versatile.  Good Job!

photo by: walknboston on Flickr

Come into my Studio

I want to share a quick tour through my studio with you. It is my special place, my sanctuary, my creative space . . . enjoy!

You’re Invited

Please come, enjoy some girl time while you shop!  I will have hor d’oeuvres catered by Sisters of the Heart Tea Room and wine tasting from Jasper Winery.  I will also be doing some glass demos.  I might even be persuaded to make a few custom pieces . . .

Where:  Just Beadiful Studio

835 Elm Street

Carlisle, IA  50047

When:  August 28, 2010

Time:  5 – 9pm

Phone:  515-770-1135

What a great opportunity for a girls night out!  Bring a friend!

Sign up for door prizes!

Who Wouldn’t Do This?

Here is a nice video of Tommy Spake talking about the love of glass while making a jellyfish:

Remember Your Roots


Ed Sharr making marbles

I recently went to the Atherton House in Adel, IA.  A mentor of mine, Ed Sharr, was doing his glass marble demonstration for the public.  I was warmly greeted by his wife, Nancy, who I also  respect for her own lampworking skills. Ed and Nancy Sharr are the couple who originally taught me how to lampwork.  I sat there, watching Ed demo his marble making talents to the crowd, who oohed and aahed with every marble.  I watched Nancy so proudly showing off his collection of marbles  displayed for sale to all who were interested.

The day I spent with them in their glass studio about 10 years ago changed the course of my life forever.  I was absolutely mesmerized from the moment I saw Ed and Nancy working the hot glass at their torches and knew I had to do this.  The three of us spent a whole day together way back then,  them teaching me the basics of bead making and then showing me a few advanced techniques as a bonus:

  • round beads with nice tucked ends
  • flowers
  • plunging stringers
  • simple encasing

Ed even showed me some of his early marble skills which he has honed quite well in the last 10 years.  I went home at the end of that long day not tired, but  hungry to learn everything I could about lampworking and melting glass.

I loved chatting and catching up with the Sharrs because they love glass like I do.  Nancy has moved on now and has a very successful quilting business.  She admits she doesn’t get much time for lampworking anymore like she’d like to, she’s quilting 7 days a week.  Ed also has multiple talents but does have time to still play with his “marbles”.   They are an inspiring couple with many talents and I thank them because, I wouldn’t be doing what I love if they hadn’t taken the time to teach me and light my fire to learn more about melting glass.

Who were the mentors in your early career? I would love to hear your story.

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