March 2, 2013 - 10:00am

Driftless Market Presents: How is it Made? Lampwork Art Glass Beads

Saturday, March 2nd from 10am - 3pm

Join the Driftless Market in welcoming Cathie Roberts, of Farm Girl Studio, for a demonstration of her beautiful lampwork art glass bead making technique, and opportunity to hear about how she uses these one of a kind beads in her unique and creative jewelry designs.

Cathie will be making glass lampwork beads on a hot head torch. Beads are made on a metal rod called a mandrel, it is coated with a clay like substance that keeps the glass from sticking to the mandrel. They are then annealed in a kiln for many hours to insure they cool slowly and thoroughly.  This makes them stronger and prevents cracking. Cathie lives on a small farm in Scales Mound Illinois. She wanted a simpler way of life after working in corporate America and   living in the burbs.  Stained Glass was her first artistic endeavor in glass but Lampwork beads are now her passion. Each one is it's own little canvas. Soap, Jewelry, working with fibers and up-cycling from found materials are all ways she keeps busy.  Cathie is an Artistic Pioneer Woman  - Creating her way through life.

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