Intensity, Encased

Posted on June 29, 2010

“Intensity, Encased”  My new blog!


I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time now.  Actually, it was supposed to be one of the very first things I accomplished once I started making beads, and got the website up and running, but well, you know how that life thing goes….


So welcome to my blog!  I should probably tell you a bit about myself- I am married (20 years- Whoot!!)  with two boys living in Northeast Ohio at the edge of a nation park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to be exact, encompassing 33,000 beautiful acres.


There is a heronry, with about 100 blue herons arriving every March to build nests and raise their babies.



We sit just on the southern edge of the park, but are thankfully close enough to the city to have all the amenities known to man.  


I discovered lampwork in a strange, round about way by seeing a single lampwork bead in a fabulous necklace in a store on Sanibel Island.  I was initially drawn to the necklace because of it’s wirework, but then I saw a bead incorporated into the design.   It was just a plain red bead, but man, it just glowed!  So I started looking online and I discovered a little thing called lampwork.


I’d actually seen it done once, years before, at an art show in July in the heat.  And let me tell you, that poor girl bending over a blazing torch in the blazing sun did not inspire me to do the same.  But after seeing that bead, and then all the incredible work of lampwork artisans all over the net and all over the world, I decided I had to try this out.


I scheduled a class, and then bought some glass.  I took the class, bought more glass (sometimes it’s all about the stuff), and a torch, mandrels, some crappy bead release that caused me nothing but problems and almost made me give up, and started making beads. 


Now, I’m kind of ADD, and have done (more or less chronologically):  painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, sewing, making little cloth bunnies, quilting, painting some more, pastels, polymer clay and then finally, lampwork.  I can assure you, all I have time for now is the glass, which makes everything much, much simpler. 


I am also employed full time, so my torching is usually done in the evenings after dinner and on the weekends, which also means I don’t watch too much TV, relying on people at work and at home to keep me in the loop of life.  We have a nice big yard, so I have perennial gardens, a vegetable garden, lots of grass to mow and now chickens (a new and wholly insane venture in and of itself).  All of which serves as inspiration in one form or another.


(Gratuitous chick picture, if you are into this sort of thing)


My studio is located in a glassed in area overlooking a deep wooded ravine.  Beautiful through every season, it is home to squirrels, chipmunks, deer, fox and coyotes. Weekends, especially if it is raining, I sit and watch the woods as I work.


I hope you can stop back in and see what I am up to- my plan, such that it is, will be to post once a week, covering everything from beads to glass to inspiration. 


And maybe a bit of gardening thrown in for good measure. 


Thanks for stopping by, Laura





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Tom   June 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

  I'm so excited your blog is up, Laura! I'll check back regularly!  

maemariedesigns   February 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  Laura, have you considered giving classes?  

Pat Farrer   December 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

  love your blog  

GRAMMYglass   November 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

  Hi Laura, I see that most of your blog is not very recent? I'd love to know where I can get that fabulous pliers based masher shown in the tuts on your blog. Thanks so much! Your beads are awesome and so are you blog posts. I'd love to see some more please.  

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