My first lampworking class was in September 2005, just about this time of year. I always get reminiscent about it at this time of year too. So it is complete serendipity that my friend and fellow lampworker, Jennifer Cameron over at Art Jewelry Elements, put out the call to other artists to post pictures of their first pieces of work to show how they began and where they are now. What a fantastic idea!
The challenge here was finding on old photo. I couldn't find a digital image of a bead from those early years. Sorry about that. I am definitely going to have to dig deeper and find some of those images. I had to settle on an image from 2009 for this writing. I will try to gather some of those older beads and update this story, but for now I want to share.
My first time sitting behind the flame watching glass turn to a malleable material was an absolutely amazing experience. Prior to this I had always thought of glass as an end product, already shaped into a form, as a household item. To sit behind the torch that first time and realize that I could use glass as an art form was eye opening. Glass can be sculpted and manipulated!!! How exciting! And come on now...I have always been a girly girl...so working hot glass in a flame...that is pretty cool! I now have a collection of tools that impresses most guys.
Thanks for taking the time to share my journey.