Lampwork glass bead making, is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK and 4 or 5 years ago I thought I might like to try lampwork myself. I bought a gas torch, some glass rods and a book from a lady who lived on a canal boat ! I set myself up in the back bedroom and began teaching myself how to make glass beads. My progress was slow; molton glass has about the same consistency as hot toffee, too hot and it will run away with you, too cold and it will not budge but once a bead is formed the fun can start and for me it was all about the pattern and design.
The first beads I designed were the original 9 North Devon breaks. Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton, Oysters, Putsborough, Grunta, Westward Ho! Barricane and Spekes, since then the collection has grown and become the Devon Breaks
People often ask ….why is this bead a certain colour or why does that bead have that pattern? Taking my inspiration from the sea and surrounding flora and fauna, here is a brief description to go with these first 9 beads
At the waters edge, the thin fans of the tide splay out over the shore. Shadows dance on the ripples of the sand in the shallows. The clear swirl of glass an embrace of the tide.
Deep turquoise sea and sky, the hedges zig zag over the hills down to the sea, wild flowers sprinkle the high banks.
Ragged dark rocks foam up the curling surf, throwing out pink oyster shells along the shoreline.
Reflections of a turquoise sky, crystal clear water traces through the rivulets in the sand.
Sea fading from transparent teal to turquoise blue, dark rocks pierce the sand, splendid waves with bouncing white surf.
Westward Ho! (pebble ridge)
When the sea retreats, its work on the sand complete, it stands in ridges like small ditches they fill with water. A jumble of pale grey bolders frame the beach.
On a bed of grey rocks the green hills scattered with wild flowers surround this small beach.
Treacherous dark rocks stand on either side, a passageway of ivory sand leads down to the sea.
A cascading waterfall pours and bounces down over the strata in the rocks. Bathed in a crimson sunset.