In 2007 At a craft market I met BETSY ROWE who had recently returned from VENICE. She was making exquisite glass beads with a gas torch and I fell in love!! She had learnt the ancient Venetian art of melting glass and forming beads – called LAMPWORK. I took an introductory course with her and spent the next 3 years practising and learning the techniques required. In 2011 I opened my Studio/Shop in the KZN midlands.
Lampwork beads can be sold loose to jewellery makers, made up into jewellery, used to adorn cutlery, wineglass charms, as Christmas tree decorations or just collected.
It is a very labour intensive craft and relatively unknown in Southern Africa. As there is no established industry here all the raw materials and tools are imported.
I am passionate about my craft and my mission is to spread the knowledge and practice of the craft in Africa. I offer individual tuition to beginners and more experienced Lampworkers in my home studio in Howick.