A Working Glass Girl
Lampwork glass bead jewelry paired with silver, steel and leather
Angela Maddix is an artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her media is hand torched glass rods formed into beautiful patterned beads. The colors are vibrant and the patterns are complex. This method of melting glass began on the island of Murano, Italy. The craft remained a secret for centuries until the world marketplace opened. This soft glass art form was originally called lampworking, as oil lamps were used to melt the glass. Today, oxygen and gas fueled torches heat and melt the pencil thin rods. A collection of dots and lines make each bead’s design. The secondary colors can be melted flat into the bead design or left raised on the surface.