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Colleen Cochrane

Glass Lampbead Artist

I started lampworking in 2007 to offset a paper heavy career.

Lampworking is the process of melting glass over a torch and forming it into the desired shape.  The shaping is done by turning the molten glass to encourage it into a shape and by using tools.  I use soda-lime glass, called “soft glass”.  Various colours in opaque and transparent glass rods are combined to make patterns and depth.  I start my time on the torch with a list of beads (shapes, colours, techniques) that I want to make.  I usually get a couple of beads in and the glass sends me off in a different direction.  The colours or the shapes will pull at me.  The lampworking process is meditative, followed by the creative aspect of incorporating one or more beads into a piece of jewellery.  Each piece is unique as are the beads that are used in them.

I make all of the Lampwork Glass Beads featured in my jewellery.  The balance of the jewellery components are purchased.  Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, leather and silver beads are common in my work.  The Lampwork Glass Beads I create provide me with immense pleasure.  As you wear the jewellery, the glass absorbs your warmth and feels lovely against your skin.  They are wonderful gifts and conversation starters.


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