Lampwork is a modern day bead making process using century old flame crafting techniques.
In her cozy home studio, Venita uses a torch to melt and sculpt Italian Murano glass rods into one-of-a-kind beads. Once the bead is completed in the flame, they are placed into a kiln for several hours to anneal. The annealing process gradually cools the beads which removes internal stresses and strengthens each bead.
Beads are incorporated into jewelry which includes leather for style and comfort or copper pieces to enhance each bead choice. Venita die-cuts, hammers designs and patinas the large copper pieces, then places them in a tumbler to ensure a comfortable fit.
Venita has been an artist most of her life. After many years as a computer programmer, she decided to follow her heart and return to college where she graduated top of her class from the interior design program for residential and commercial design. While in college she discovered lampwork bead making. After a few lampwork classes and building her own studio, she became obsessed with the possibilities of glass. Venita’s color choices, coupled with attention to detail and an innate appreciation for design, are part of her signature style.
Upon retirement, Venita left Southern California and came north, loving the slower pace, the 4 seasons and independence from corporate life. Her only passion now is her glasswork and jewelry design.