All of my beads are handmade at the torch using traditional lampworking techniques. Once the glass is melted in about a 2000° flame and the bead is formed on a mandrel, it is annealed in a kiln for strength and wearability. Each piece is a unique work of art unto itself, sometimes combined with natural materials such as sterling silver, copper, gemstones, pearls, crystals, and shell.
Whether it's a mommy vase for those short stemmed toddler offerings or a fishy winestopper, glass can be functional and fun.
Enjoy browsing and shopping below!
Take Note! Rochester is in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024!
This is a once in a lifetime event...a total solar eclipse here in Rochester! Amazing.
Be ready to appropriately accessorize with eclipse safety glasses (you can find them anywhere) and custom earrings (you can find them here).
Earrings are pewter with sterling silver wires, and lampworked "moon" beads. Celebrate the journey to totality and back again!.
Add a bit of geometric elegance to a tailored white blouse or little black dress with these stunning black and white glass beads. Each detailed bead is handmde at the torch, and separated by a black saucer bead. The necklace is finished with a sterling silver bee charm and extender.
Purple and pale green dots and triangles make up this necklace, each dot hand placed at the torch. Finished with a sterling silver extender and bee.
Moonlight and Silver Necklace
Like the moon, it's difficult to photograph these moonstruck beads. Large mouthblown hollows are strung on a delicate sterling silver paperclip chain.
Amber Ice Cubes
Nine oversized and mouthblown amber beads reminiscent of amber from the old country, are strung with hematite beads and sterling silver for a statement necklace.
The triangle bracelet with its sparkling druzy focal is a perfect accompaniment to the necklace above.
From a beachy heart to a heart sporting a kissable frog, pendant possibilities are only limited by imagination.
Imagine wearing a brand-new-formed-in-fire bead with a fossil dangle that could be hundreds of thousands of years old. Mind boggling!
The tiny fossils were found on Canandaigua Lake, part of the beautiful Finger Lakes area in New York state.
These earrings show the fun side of working with and wearing glass - an instant mood lifter!
Fun and Funky
And the elegant side of glass bead making. A silvered black bead drops from a sterling silver lotus flower in this lovely pair of earrings.
When you need just a little something to bring for a hostess, or a bookmark to accompany a gift of poetry...or a pocket frog to keep a singer's voice crystal clear...
Ornaments, dangles, always in season
...a chickadee in a polka dot bikini? Why not?