Every bead tells a story…
Have you ever peered deep into a glass bead or marble and wondered how it was made? How those textures and colours are layered to create a sense of depth with sparkle and movement? Or how an opaque glass bead can transport you to a favourite landscape and make you feel like you are experiencing the shimmer of the water or the majesty of the mountains?
If you venture into Dragonfly Arts on Broadway in historic downtown Orangeville, and head right to the back of the shop to the lampwork bead studio, you can learn how glass beads are made and possibly even watch a demonstration! Long, colorful glass rods are melted in a very hot flame and the melting glass is wound around a mandrel in multiple layers. The glass bead is then shaped and placed in a small kiln to slowly cool overnight. Once it has been removed from the mandrel and cleaned it’s ready to be made into a beautiful piece of jewellery or used to adorn a functional item such as a pate or cheese knife or salad servers. If you can’t make it into my studio you can watch a short video of me creating a bead here.
As you look around the studio or my website you will realize that for me, it’s all about the colour! My glass beads are inspired by my adventures in Canada and beyond and as I create a bead I happily relive the colours, textures and memories of the adventure. Collections such as ‘Keele River’ (NWT), ‘Blue Lagoon’ (Mexico) and ‘Beach’ (many beaches around the world!) demonstrate how ‘Every bead tells a story…’
My work can also be found at Farmhouse Pottery Gallery and Café. If you can’t make it to Headwaters, you can tour my website to see photos of some inspiring landscapes and the resulting bead collections. I also have an online jewellery shop and shipping is free anywhere in Canada.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 – 3, other times by chance.
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Beth’s work is available in the Headwaters Region at the following shops: