A few more profiles from some of our participants for this weekend beadmakers trunk show. Enjoy! – Join us Saturday from 10 – 5pm
About the Artist
Who first tied a claw or a shiny pebble on strip of leather and worn it as a decoration? — or a declaration? For longer than recorded history, we have defined our differences and our allegiances, carried our memories and our wealth in the form of jewelry — very often in the form of beads. We have collected them, traded them, hoarded them, lost them. We have burned forests to make them, traded worlds for them. They have been the domain of kings, the fascination of children, the comfort of the bereaved, the lure for the greedy. They are pedestrian, they are art, they are ubiquitous, they are magic.
I’m fascinated with the timelessness of personal adornment — and the universal appeal of jewelry. The primal urge that causes us to hang decoration on our bodies. The endless fascination with beads, with glass a unique substance that defies logic, defies description, defines magic. Glass, in particular, is a strange and wonderful substance. Hard, strong, brittle, clear, transparent, opaque, malleable, immutable, impervious, corruptible — what else is so ethereal and so solid at the same time? And then, there is the process … is there anything with a more primal appeal than fire? Melting the glass, shaping it with heat and gravity — tools that you can’t see, can’t touch. One dangerous and the other so ubiquitous it is beyond noticing. Oh, those golden days when the glass does everything you ask, and more. Magic, just magic! What else? I can ride a horse, teach a dog to come when called, drive a stick-shift, milk a goat. I can tell a story, paint a picture, change a tire. I can build a web site, bandage a wound, and bake cookies. I read Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and J. K. Rowling. I watch “Torchwood,” “CSI,” and “SpongeBob.” I believe in big bold Cabernets, real butter, and death by chocolate. I know the international phonetic alphabet. I believe in the power of duct tape. Specialization is for insects. I am “DragonJools.”
|A bit about me….
I currently live in Toronto but grew up in the country. I grew up around stained glass but never was exposed to glass it in its molten form!
One Christmas my mother bought me a weekend glass blowing course which was amazing. Unfortunately not an affordable hobby for me but I love to do it when I get the chance.
I had no idea that lampworking existed until I saw a kit in a store. The kit contained a simple hot head torch – I bought it and was hooked!.
On a ski holiday in BC I signed up for an afternoon lampwork class which helped solidify the basics skills of making a bead!
Once home, I rented some torch time at the local glass shop – Fantasy in Glass and they were super in helping me get started.
I soon invested in a better torch and kiln and set up a little studio at home. I spend much of my free time at the torch and I love creating new things.
Stay tuned on Friday for more profiles and pictures!