I started making jewellery along with a friend after our daughters joined a jewellery making club at school. We sold our work at house parties and craft fairs. Soon afterwards I came across the website of a lampwork beadmaker and was amazed to find that it was possible to my own beads. After a month or so of practicing on my own I was hooked and I took a course with Barbara Mason at The Old Kennels in Devon. I have been making beads ever since.
Working with glass in the flame is exciting and fascinating. There are days when inspiration is lacking but I am always glad to get back to the torch after a break. There are so many different looks and effects that can be achieved; the light shining through beautiful transparent coloured glass; the ancient look of opaque glass treated in the flame pit the surface; the exciting effects of some of the newer silvered glasses.
I sell most of my beads to other makers but I also supply a small number of galleries here in Cornwall with jewellery featuring my beads.www.josephinewadmandesigns.com