Lampwork

     

The process of lampork, torchwork, or flamework is analogous to drawing mid-air with molten glass, in three dimensions.

I taught myself how to flamework with a kit I ordered in the mail more than a decade ago.

This is an incomplete list of some resources for torchworkers. Sundance Glass offers a bare bones beginning kit for $74. I began with a kit similar to this, and Cindy Jenkin's book, Making Glass Beads.

 

SUPPLIERS

WaleApparatus.com for glass, tools, and supplies (based in Hellertown, Pennsylvania)

FrantzArtGlass.com for glass, tools, and supplies (based in Shelton, Washington)

SundanceGlass.com for the Hot Head torch

GlassTorchTech.com
for more advanced torches

ParagonWeb.com for kilns

BullseyeGlass.com amazing glass resource and educational center (based in Portland, Oregon)

BOOKS

Cindy Jenkins- Making Glass Beads and Beads of Glass
Making Glass Beads is a comprehensive book to begin with.

Jim Kervin- More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Glass Beadmaking
This is an excellent reference manual with answers to most anything one might think to ask.

Bandhu Scott Dunham- Contemporary Lampworking, Vols. I & II

Contemporary Glass Beads by 30 Japanese Artists
Japanese lampwork is technically the most challenging in the world and this book has some of the most beautiful and impressive beads I've ever seen!
 

WEB RESOURCES (Forums and organizations)

Glassartists.org

International Society of Glass Beadmakers Forum
http://www.isgb.org/forum/

Glass Arts Society
glassart.org

Lampworketc.com/forums/

wetcanvas.com

STUDIOS & SCHOOLS

http://www.austinbluemoon.com/ Austin, Texas

http://thecrucible.org/ Oakland, California

http://www.bagi.org/ San Jose, California

http://www.pratt.org/
Seattle, Washington

http://www.bullseyeglass.com/education/ Portland, Oregon

http://www.diabloglassschool.com/ Boston, Massachusetts

http://urbanglass.org Brooklyn, New York

http://www.pilchuck.com/
Stanwood, Washington

http://www.haystack-mtn.org/ Deer Isle, Maine

http://www.penland.org/
Penland, North Carolina


  MAGAZINES

Glass

The Flow

Glass Line
MUSEUMS

The Corning Museum of Glass-
cmog.org Corning, NY

The Bead Museum Glendale, AZ

Bead Museum Washington, D.C.