Lampworking Inspires

Finding inspiration in our lives motivates us to reach for success (whatever success may look like for you). It motivates us to create something beautiful – whether that something is a beautiful family, a beautiful career or beautiful handcrafted jewelry.  I am extremely thankful that I have an outlet to share my inspiration and passion for making unique pieces of jewelry. I acknowledge how truly rare it is to discover a path where an intended hobby and a defined career collide.

What is Lampworking?
Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas and oxygen fueled torch to melt colored glass rods.  It has been a passion of mine for the past few years. The glass is formed by using special tools and deliberate hand motions. The first day I worked with borosilicate glass was the first time I participated in a lampworking class. I registered for one reason – to cross off “using a torch to melt glass” from my bucket list. I had no idea the magic I would find.

Every time I turn on my torch and grab my borosilicate glass rods I can’t wait to see what the flame and the glass will create. The colors of the glass are usually only revealed to me after annealing in a kiln for 6 to 10 hours. You just never know what you are going to get. Each piece begins with inspiration; each piece ends as art. Now, that’s magic!

To see lampworking in action, check out the video below. Stay tuned for videos of Denise Ward Designs studio.

What is your beautiful “something” that produces the magic in your life?

One thought on “Lampworking Inspires

  1. Creative writing. I love the magic that a character produces. I feel that I am not the creator of the story, I’m simply the messenger. Wonder if that makes me a little crazy? Probably. But, hopefully I’ll be able to say I’m a published children’s book author someday! Thanks for being such a great artist….and friend.

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