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 for glass, tools, and supplies (based in Hellertown, Pennsylvania) for glass, tools, and supplies (based in Shelton, Washington) for the Hot Head torch
for more advanced torches for kilns amazing glass resource and educational center (based in Portland, Oregon)


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)

International Society of Glass Beadmakers Forum

Glass Arts Society

STUDIOS & SCHOOLS Austin, Texas Oakland, California San Jose, California
Seattle, Washington Portland, Oregon Boston, Massachusetts Brooklyn, New York
Stanwood, Washington Deer Isle, Maine
Penland, North Carolina



The Flow

Glass Line

The Corning Museum of Glass- Corning, NY

The Bead Museum Glendale, AZ

Bead Museum Washington, D.C.