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09-30-2007, 11:48 PM
What is your inspiration for working in glass? What is it about the medium that keeps you coming back to work through the problems and frustrations that you encounter? What is the special quality that you get from glass that you do not get from other mediums?
This thread is a challenge, but not in the usual sense of the world. I'd like you to ask yourself and reach deep down to find what it is that makes you crave working with this particular medium. What is your inspiration? & what keeps you motivated when you lose that drive to create?

As a child I went to St James Church with my Nana & Grandpa. The space was surrounded with magnificent stained glass windows depicting various saints and the stations of the cross. Their faces came to life illuminated by the sun. I can remember holding out my hand in the air to have the colored light fall across it, wishing somehow I could capture it and hold it.
This was the beginning for me. I am still awed by the way glass can transform ordinary light.

Although the fascination stayed with me it was decades later until I actually began creating with glass. I can remember the first time i saw an assortment of lamp-working rods. I felt like a kid who had just opened an new box of 64 Crayolas.
The possibilities lay before me in an endless road of color combinations.
Then there was the fire, a little bit dangerous and exciting, like dating a bad boy your parents don't approve of.
This is what bought me to glass work, and this is what I try to express. The illumination of a face, a bit of colored light you can hold on to.
Each time I work with it I find something new. I encounter another challenge. I want to tame the flame, capture it in a bead. It's the elusiveness of light.
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Show us what inspires you. Show us what you are trying to capture in your work. What is it about glass that makes magic for you?

10-01-2007, 08:35 AM
I too think stained glass windows were my first spark of inspiration, years ago, when I was too young to understand what inspiration was. What inspired me to start lampworking were the wonderful beads I saw online with frogs perched on them. I was amazed and began looking for lampwork beads everywhere - it took a couple of years for me to pluck up courage to give this medium a try, oh how I wish I had find it years ago!!

Diane, I love the beads in that last picture! Are they porcelain and glass? I'm curious about the type on them - I really like the 'sometimes I dream of animals' bead!! You've got my cogs turning :D

10-01-2007, 08:37 AM
Thanks Louise! The beads on the bottom are glass with cone 6 stoneware where the words are. I'm glad I've turned someone's cogs!

Alan Cross
10-01-2007, 10:16 AM
For me Diane its all about feel and color....I love the feel of glass always have and also I love the colors of glass...

10-01-2007, 11:45 AM
Diane, what a lovely story and a great thread. Thanks for starting it.

Louise, I like your frog story. :) Your joy for such art shows so nicely in the wonderful whimsical quality of your glass art!

Alan, show us! :D ....Color, feel....I want to see and feel what inspires you!


10-01-2007, 11:53 AM
I came to glass by accident..... well ..... happy coincidence maybe! My friend who is a furnace glass blower, had always intrigued me with his demos. The flow of the glass, the colors, the glow in the furnace and the whole process of watching a "gob" become a vase or a bowl. When his girlfriend moved up to his home/studio she brought her lampworking with her and I found the colors and patterns and general playfullness of the designs irresistable. In 2000 when I first started work on the torch, I made all the dots and patterns that I saw on hers and other beads. Then I found myself looking at the world around me reduced to a glass bead! I turned lots of pictures, nature, found junk, drawings etc into my own glass bead interpretation. Lampworking allows me to get some nearly instant gratification in producing a tiny work or art..... or more long term pieces happen too!

Pictures????? hmmm.... Here is a pic of my friend Ralph Behrendt's work. Along with some fabulous colorful fabric patterns.
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My original style work and After working with glass and looking for my own styles
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I find that I'm now again at a place where I have some time to play and am feeling like it's time to explore again (something I gave up when I started selling and having to keep up with some production stuff) and look forward to finding some new work. I have plenty of inspiration...... I am lucky to live in my special island paradise..... and have lots to keep me going!

Hey Diane..... thanks for asking..... and your bead are absolutely wonderful and inspiring!


Alan Cross
10-01-2007, 12:15 PM
Hi Val ok this is what I am talking about this is a bowl I just made it has the bright colors I like and good contrast with the colors running into the black and a scalloped edge for texture.....so it has a nice feel and a look I like.


I also like this about glass you can see through it and mould it.....this is a glass castle 7 inches high and 2 inches thick cast with Systems 96 glass


I also like the fact that you can add metal to the glass for different effects here is pure silver added to the glass to change the color....


Just a few of the things I love about glass....


10-01-2007, 12:26 PM
My inspiration comes from so many things. I have been involved in the creative arts forever. I can remember my father telling me to go outside and get the stink off of me, yup that was one of my parents special sayings for us to go out side and play. However my idea of that was to take my little folding play table out in the front yard, only open two legs and use it as an easel and draw the front of our home, the trees, animals, clouds you name it. I was less than 5 when I started that.

I picked up drafting in Junior High, Art and Drafting in High School, and majored in Architectural Drafting and Commercial Art in college. I dropped out of college raised a family for 15 years, and went back and got my degree in Interior Design and majored in Commercial Design. My father pestered me for years to do something creative with my skills. He knew I loved my job, but he kept telling me I had so much more to share.

I remember my first glass love was when I was very small and when visiting my Great-Grandmother I would set glued to her China case that was filled with miniature blown glass animals. I loved the colors, curves and many years later she left a good portion of them to me.

In my professional career I loved the changes that had taken place over the years while I was raising my children. AutoCad had taken the place of pencils and erasers. I could finally create something as fast as I could think of it. I found myself lost in the black hole of creativeness as I would spend 8 hours designing layouts and buildings and I lost all sense of time, stress and the outside world.
I loved what I did, but working in the corporate world of climbing over others to get to the top and not being there for our youngest was what forced me to re-evaluate my life and it's priorities.

I started to look for a side of me that was creative with no barriers, no one setting guidelines, or requests. What came from me, was truly from me and no one else. I actually woke up in the middle of the night and thought about making mobiles with beads on them. I had one hanging in my office that I found myself watching and it seemed to help relieve the stress. I started making them, looking for beads to use with them.

I ran across Ann Scherm-Baldwins beads and her webpage. I was hooked!!! I collected all the things I needed, read all the books and made my first beads. A year and a half later I was in Virginia Beach taking a class from Schermo and 4 years later here I am. Thank goodness at the same time she introduced me to Wet Canvas and the inspiration and support my WC family provides me everyday!

Along the way I was introduced to florals and coming from a family that raised competition roses I found my niche. My floral beads provide me the creative process I have always looked for, along with the place where I can loose myself again in that black hole with my music blaring and and my torch blazing as I try to bring my inspiration to life. I love the ever evolving possibilites with the elements, tools, glass and innovations that have been introduced in the past years. I still won't do request, or orders I want the beads to represent me. I know my Dad would be happy to know that I am doing what he alway wanted for me and sharing those things I love to do.

Sandra Dillingham-Schafer

10-01-2007, 07:48 PM
As a child I colored inside the lines. I loved coloring books because of what I could add to simple black and white lines to make it my own. Should I be embarrassed to add that I loved paint by number also?

If I had my childhood crayon box, the brights would be stubs and the earth tones pristine. I still like bright and happy colors. If you come look at my glass you would mainly find a bright and cheery pallet. Try as I may to use earth tones to make organics, they sit untouched and unloved.

In college my best friend and I found note cards that we just loved. The artist was a not very well known Mary Engelbreit. We were thrilled when we started seeing her work on tins and shirts and all things bright and cheery. I still hang her callendar on my wall every year.


Art school and bright and cheery do not mix well. I had to try other styles, styles I was not always comfortable with. I passed with flying colors and went back to my coloring book style when I was through. I'm comfortable enough in my own skin to profess my love of coloring in the lines to people who sometimes look down at that way of thinking.

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10-01-2007, 08:43 PM
I have ALWAYS wanted to do something creative... ironically, my art teacher at school didn't like me, always changed my work (which, to me, didnt make it my work!). This really put me off anything to do with art for most of my highschool years, despite having a love for drawing (wanted to be a cartoonist when I was little).

Years later, my brother had been to Venice as part of a European backpacking holiday, & had bought me back a little Venetian Glass plate back, dotted with millefiori. I would stare at it for ages - the colours & shapes, how it all flowed together.

Long story short, DH has a workshop across the road from a guy who repairs & deals with vintage Harleys. DH was there one day & saw this guy cutting up these glass rods & he asked what they were for. He told DH his wife has a business with beads, lampwork supplies etc, & that they did classes a few times a year (not too far from our house!).

It was love at first melt! I have been doing this for 1 1/2 years now (on and off - had a baby, etc) and I am absolutely addicted in the true sense of the word.

Now that I am getting used to the basic skills, I am starting to take inspiration from other things, mainly my love of vintage textiles. Oh and I also take inspiration from the funny things in life... I love beads with a sense of humour!

10-01-2007, 09:11 PM
I have to admit that I have been thinking about this thread all day at work - and I'm still at work.. sigh..

I get inspired by so much. I don't really have a nyche yet, I don't have any one type of bead that I do a ton of. I like variety. And having real ADD I have a hard time sticking to one thing. To make a set of 5-9 beads that are alike takes me a few days at the torch - seriously. I can sit for 3-4 hrs easily, but I can't make the same thing over and over. I'm inspired by challenges. I love when someone says "can you make this" and I say "I'll try" and usually I can pull it off. I want to try everything. And with glass there is just so much to try! It never gets boring.

Another big inspiration for me is life events. Recently I had a mass removed from my breast but I was really scared but thank God it came back benign. But during that time I made a double sided goddess bead that really expressed my fears and self talk going on in my head. I hadn't realized how much that event inspired me at that time until after it was over and I learned that it was benign. It's just cool how life events can be very much inspiring.

There are times that I don't feel very creative or get kind of in a slump so then I'll start looking at the colors around me and find some that look neat together and sit down at the torch and start with them and then more ideas start to come and before I know it I'm out of that slump. Also shopping really helps. Nothing like good old retail therapy to get some new glass to get those creative juices flowing. Just experimenting with different color combinations can be super motivating.

I just try to have fun and do what ever I'm enjoying at the time weither it's making some raised flowers, dragons, focals, or dots... what ever I"m in the mood to make I roll with it.

I'm at work so I don't have many pictures but here is one of the goddess bead I spoke of before:

Got to get back to work!!!

10-01-2007, 11:04 PM
Diane, what a great thread! I really am enjoying reading about what drew people to working with glass to begin with and what inspires their work now.

I've always been drawn to small shiney objects. :lol: Like Dilly, I loved small glass figurines when I was young. About 5 years ago, I was cruising ebay and came across lampwork beads. I had no idea people made such things! Then I looked into it and discovered I could take lessons, I found Leslie Videki in Traverse City and took a lesson. As soon as I melted my first rod, I was hooked!!!! I've done a bit of fusing and stained glass, but something about melting the glass in a flame and forming it into something (hopefully) recognizable as a bead satisfies the creative part of me more than other mediums I've tried. There are times when I don't get to the torch for several weeks, but when I do get back, it is like meeting up with an old friend.

Diane, you ask where we find inspiration. My favorite beads to make are organic and many times my beads reflect things in nature. When I feel the muse has left me, I look outside or at pictures for inspiration. Here are a few examples. I hope you can see what I mean.:)
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Ellen Altamore
10-02-2007, 09:48 AM
I don't really have pictures of things that inspire me except the folder in my picture program labled "admired beads."
When I see something here or on LE that I love and believe I might be able to make, I save it.
I cannot believe how much inspiration I derive on a daily basis here. Questions get answered quickly and encouragement is given with "heart."
I still get good color combo ideas from catalogs like Coldwater Creek, too.

10-02-2007, 11:26 AM
I don't really have pictures of things that inspire me except the folder in my picture program labled "admired beads."
When I see something here or on LE that I love and believe I might be able to make, I save it.
I have the same folder, but it has a different name... :lol:

I cannot believe how much inspiration I derive on a daily basis here. Questions get answered quickly and encouragement is given with "heart."
So true!!! This is the first lampwork forum I found and it is still my favorite.
I still get good color combo ideas from catalogs like Coldwater Creek, too.

I love Coldwater Creek. Their color combinations are great and their cover photographs are wonderful! It is one of the few catalogs I don't immediately throw in the trash.

10-02-2007, 03:56 PM
I must say I am lucky to be living in Istanbul, where there is a heritage of many cultures and a lot of antiquities too. Since my school times I was interested in historical artifacts. They were all over the place, from big statues to tiny earrings to coins, to beads. My interest in old pieces led me to studying archeology where I had the opportunity to see in real many old stuff. I was mostly crazy for glass objects and beads. Here you can see some of my collection:




My interest in old stuff has led me to become an antiques dealer. But this was not enough for me, I needed to be involved more with glass and started to learn making glass beads. My passion for glass beads has grown ever since.



As you can see, my inspiration stems from old beads.:cool:

10-03-2007, 08:39 AM
Lois I love the line "Then I found myself looking at the world around me reduced to a glass bead!" I think many of us have the same experience. Once we start to create the whole world is transformed by our art. We look at things with different eyes. There is a whole cosmos in a swatch of fabric. I think about my girl who is 6 yrs old & how she looks for shapes in the clouds. Most people stop noticing clouds after a while, but being an artist or a child allows you to see those things that just exist around us & don't require anything from us.

Alan I love your castle piece. I appreciate the fact that glass can be substantial & transparent all in one.

Dilly those little animals brought back memories of my childhood too!
Your comment about "I lost all sense of time, stress and the outside world" Is how I feel when i create. Its magical how you can be swept away in the flow of creation.

10-03-2007, 08:58 AM
It is really interesting to see what inspires all of you...

For me, it can many things. I tyically don't plan any of my work. Having a tailor shop, I see all kinds of patterns and designs, sometimes, a color will set off an idea in my head, or a pattern of sorts. I make a lot of figures and free form works. Most of my designs begin during the process of melting glass, playing with colors, moving the glass about, until I see something in the actual process, then it begins to emerge. I love to see the glass come to life, develop a personality, an expression, create movement, as if it is alive!

10-03-2007, 04:33 PM
Diane, Lois' comment "Then I found myself looking at the world around me reduced to a glass bead!" stuck out in my mind too. When I first started doing glass I felt exactly like that, still do alot of times.

Maggie I love that you say you like to color inside the lines. So many people stand and shout here I am look at me. You can see in your personality that you are one of those behind every great person people. And you trully love to see others fulfilled without being the center of attention. Well that is how I preceive you any ways.

Girlfriend I was the same way in art, everytime the teacher made me change something it made me like it less and less, so I never liked taking classes, but I kept creating on my own.

Deb the way you take from nature I am amazed at those side by side photos, such skill.

Trish, I am sorry you went through that and I am truly astounded at the courage you must have. I am so glad you are here to be with us and share with us.

All of your stories are wonderful thank you for sharing them.

Diane thank you so much for starting this thread through it I was able to see more of these wonderful people I call friends.

For my part, it is the endurance of the glass that in the end always gets me. With out going in to a very long story I will say I have lost most of the people who have mattered to me in my life. Many at a very young age. I look at glass as a window to my kids and their kids. Hopefully I will get to be with them for a long time. But as I can attest to, that is not always the case. And I see my creations as a way for those I am forced to leave behind eventually to know me and hold a piece of my soul for that is what art is in my opinion. A sharing of souls.

Wow that is a little heavy huh LOL! Anyways endurance would be the short and sweet of it.

This is one I thought I would show. It was made for an exchange "Love" And it was some of my favorite beads ever. My husband and my kids and the bead under each was their idea of love. I really enjoyed that exchange.

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10-04-2007, 08:50 AM
Cecilia that is a beautiful thought about the endurance of glass. I have to admit when I'm making beads I've wondered who will dig them out of the dirt 200 years from now, but your sentiment is just wonderful.

Jokingly, hubby often asks what the heck I'm going to do with 'all those beads' and I tell him I'll have them all buried with me! It'll be the biggest bead stash ever uncovered in one gravesite - they will assume I was a great ruler :lol:

10-04-2007, 10:07 AM
Jokingly, hubby often asks what the heck I'm going to do with 'all those beads' and I tell him I'll have them all buried with me! It'll be the biggest bead stash ever uncovered in one gravesite - they will assume I was a great ruler :lol:

10-04-2007, 01:41 PM
Louise to funny! Sometimes I wonder if there was some horrible diaster and humans had to basically start over what they will think when the start diggin around LOL!

10-04-2007, 02:19 PM
After seeing all the wonderful contributions I had to think about this and go back to the original question.

My surroundings have always inspired me, gardens, visits to grandparents with the glass filled cupboards, cranberry glass pitchers, fashion, architecture, and church windows too. In all the different types of art that I have done, it always comes down to a passion for color, how to conquer the medium, getting the end result I want, it's the challenge. As for lampwork, it was when I saw an exhibit of Lisa Walsh's beads and necklaces. It was the first time that I realized that you could do THAT in your own home. The idea of it all was so exciting! I think it helped that my mother was so curious about everything and that rubbed off on me.

Deb, your side by side examples are excellent!

Pinar, your antique beads are jewels. This sort of thing inspires me too. They remind me that there is beauty in simplicity and that man has always valued art. You are indeed fortunate to live in an area with such treasures.

Thanks for all your stories and contributions.


10-05-2007, 09:39 AM
Maggie I'm glad you are "comfortable enough in my own skin" to follow your own heart. That is brave & not everyone does that.
Girl Friday please show us some of your work.
Trish your personal touch on your Goddess bead is wonderful & makes it really your own.
Deb I love how you have the pictures of nature & the beads that were inspired by them. It ties in with Lois's comment " I found myself looking at the world around me reduced to a glass bead!" those are great examples.

Helen Simon
10-05-2007, 03:15 PM
You guys are too much! I have autumn fever now, sort of like spring fever but more intense, and that I can even type amazes me...I'm rather on cloud 9.:) I think they call it manic w/o the depressive, or just joy unspeakable.
Everything "looks like a bead to me, Shah!" said with thick cajun French accent like you're from Lafayette. My family is so sick of hearting me say that, yet they often do say, "hey, Mom, can you make beads like that?" while looking at a gorgeous sky. Here's my latest, copied directly from my yard...but I often plagerize fabrics, wallpapers, etc. when I'm not so high.Love, Helen

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10-05-2007, 03:47 PM
I'm loving all these stories! Yes, just another day or two before the uploader is functioning, there are new servers are being added...then we'll get our visuals back. I can't wait to see! Val

10-05-2007, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the up date Val.

Helen Simon
10-05-2007, 10:59 PM
Here ya go.:)


Sheila M
10-05-2007, 11:25 PM
Venis Odalisque...one of the oldest female poses...

donna jc
10-05-2007, 11:39 PM
I love to see what inspires peoples glasswork! Deb those are great examples, and Pinar I love those old beads!

Like Dilly I collected glass animals as a kid (where the heck are they now?) I've always loved shiney glass things, I think its the colors and the way light looks going through the colors! Also the "permanence" of it -can't really explain that one! And the feel. I love textured glass panels, I have a few I bought with no intention of ever cutting them! I get inspiration in many places...alot from the ocean (love to play with blues and greens), maybe a flower pot, even got inspired once from the color description on a new shirt tag (banana cream).

It's funny now that I think about it...my dad was a glazier most of his life and a firefighter for a time also. I have an older brother whose a firefighter, my younger brother works with glass. My uncle was also a glazier. I think fire and glass runs in my family! :heart:

10-06-2007, 12:55 PM
Woo Hoo the uploader is working. This is the picture I was talking about.
The boy in the hoodie is my youngest (just had his b-day yesterday actually he is 12) And he told me his idea of love would be a red rose.

The one with the soccer ball on his shirt is my oldest, His idea of love was friendship, so I made this bead with the symbol for friendship on it.

And DH is the last one and his idea of love was a dove with a love letter in it's mouth.

10-08-2007, 09:28 AM
Ellen the generousness of the people here at WC is very inspiring. it really means a lot to be part of an artistic community.
Pinkar I love ancient beads. I collected them years ago & was amazed by their design & variety. it looks like you have a great collection there.
Debi" I love to see the glass come to life, develop a personality, an expression, create movement, as if it is alive!" It is the best feeling when the glass actually "talks " to you. Its a real creative high.
"Cecilia that is a beautiful thought about the endurance of glass. I have to admit when I'm making beads I've wondered who will dig them out of the dirt 200 years from now, but your sentiment is just wonderful." Ditto what Louise said!
Barbara I'm glad you discovered that you can do this in your own home. i think we are so lucky to find such a wonderful medium available to us.

10-08-2007, 09:31 PM
Thanks Diane. I am really liking seeing into people with this thread.

10-09-2007, 08:03 AM
Diane, yes it is the best high! There are times, when start the ramping down of the kiln, go to bed, that I cannot sleep, because of the anticipation of what will come out!!!! With the holidays coming, I have been working on some mixed media Christmas ornaments, to decorate an entire tree at my shop..... with this, the excitement is even greater!!! Once the faces are complete, then the hair and attire need to be made and added...... here are a few of my favorites....




10-09-2007, 12:15 PM
Here is what inspires me!!!

Isn't she beautiful - I am a lucky man!

10-09-2007, 01:13 PM
Here is what inspires me!!!

Isn't she beautiful - I am a lucky man!

Yes Rich, she is a beauty! And you two make a beautiful couple.

10-09-2007, 01:45 PM
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10-10-2007, 10:51 AM
Rich you are a very sweet man. Belinda I love the seasons in those pics.

10-10-2007, 09:29 PM
Helen that necklace of yours is amazing. I really had to look to see what was glass & what was a live flower.
Sheila i can see the influence of that picture in your work.
Rich that is so sweet. You are a beautiful couple!
Belinda those are lovely pictures.I just took a trip up to Northern Michigan & the colors were in full autumn glory. I found myself thinking about how I could capture that beauty in glass.

10-10-2007, 11:06 PM
Debi, that's going to be a beautifully decorated tree, I love the first one!

Rich, great photo of you two, so sweet.

Belinda, gee you don't have to go far for inspiration, right off your front porch. :) Where the horse carriages going by-- I love it!


10-11-2007, 04:36 PM
Okay, now 'fess up. That can't be a picture of you???? How does that beard and flames work together?

That's a cute idea and the fiber addition is well done too. Thanks for posting.

10-12-2007, 11:40 AM
Yes, that is me!

I stand when I torch and make sure I reach WAY out from the flame...lol!

10-12-2007, 01:41 PM
I am almost tempted to make a flaming santa Rich. LOL!

10-19-2007, 06:40 PM
Color, brilliance, light...

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Dancing light and brilliant color as it moves across the glass.

10-19-2007, 07:05 PM
I am almost tempted to make a flaming santa Rich. LOL!

Ouch, hot!!!!!


10-19-2007, 08:09 PM
Color, brilliance, light...

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Dancing light and brilliant color as it moves across the glass.


Tanz Girl
10-19-2007, 10:23 PM
Love those stoneware and glass beads.

All those colurs merging in the plate are fantastic.



Tanz Girl
10-19-2007, 10:24 PM
I love texture and colour and how colours react and work with each other.
I love glass marbles as a child.
Also fabric and the patterns and designs in them.
Have found making glass beads to be the answer to my colour passion.


10-19-2007, 10:29 PM
I have been wanting to post in this thread for a long time--since it was started, actually. I don't have visuals, but I can say this: colors. A friend told me that I speak in colors, that I speak in kalidescope. ( I don't know how to spell that word!) I like to put colors together that don't match just to see what they will do with and for each other. I like to change colors by putting them on top of each other and swirling them around. I often add too much, but I like it. Some of my beads have been compared to the art of some of the modern painters. I love free form beads. I love the color and explosion of each bead when the colors are mixed. I love to play.

Torch Girl
10-19-2007, 11:29 PM
This is an excellent question. I love the photos above with the beads, fabulous photos and awesome beads. I love:

the way glass feels, so smooth
the colors and combinations of the colors
the way it moves especially the swirls and raking
the way it looks different from every angle
the way the light reflects off of it
the possibilities are endless...

nanopod studio
10-19-2007, 11:37 PM
biology. music. sci fi. to name a few inspirations


10-20-2007, 01:22 AM
nanopod...wow, I love this work, thank you for posting!

torchgirl....welcome to WC! I'll look forward to seeing some of your work!


10-20-2007, 09:09 AM
What a great thread! I am inspired by so many things, first of all my artist friends and everyone here, nature, fishes, colors, textures, all mediums...you name it.
But coming from a fashion design background, I would say that a staple in my inspiration stable comes from fabrics, of which I have probably 400 yards or more...yeah, like I need that right?
Here are a couple pics of some that are speaking to me right now:

Then this one is screaming right out loud and demands some immediate attention:

10-20-2007, 01:23 PM
OOOh Samma! I can't wait to see what you do with those!

Nanopod - very very cool!

Rich - you brought a tear to my eye - what a gentle man you are!

10-20-2007, 09:33 PM
Thank you Belinda.

10-20-2007, 09:52 PM
I am inspired by color. When I was a child, I "worked" for my Dad who was a Sales Manager of a branch of a very famous specialty shop. I remember working when I was about seven, long before "take your children to work day." I ran errands, ran up and down the stairs to get boxes, later on I sent out sales postcards, etc. My favorite part was being in the store after hours. I thought it was so cool that we could be in there working when everyone else was home. They had beat cops then, and sometimes one of them would look in the window to be sure someone wasn't robbing the place and my Dad would wave and the cop would wave back and all would be well.
I still remember a Christmas display we did - the New York store sent down these evening purses in satin, kelly green, red, silver, gold, purple and cobalt. At the time (1950's) , it was very unusual to have any evening clothes or accessories in anything but gold or silver.
I wanted to be a window dresser, what today is called a display artist. But, like a lot of women of my generation, I was not allowed to do what I really wanted to do. I also wanted to be a designer, but was discouraged from doing that because I didn't know how to sew. I wasn't strong enough and didn't have enough support to rebel.
Today I do both, design jewelry, make dichroic glass beads with amazing colors, and do displays at shows. My Dad has been dead a long time, but sometimes late at night, I can almost feel his hands on my shoulders as I design and I know he's proud I remember the lessons he taught me.

10-21-2007, 06:19 AM
My main inspiration comes from our very colourful Outback, sea life the Barrier reef and fauna and flora, I also find a great inspiration from fabric, these beads are self explanitary with the fabric beside them.:)

10-21-2007, 07:44 PM
OK I started reading the posts back at the beginning when this was first posted. then I decided to think about it and post before reading any more of your wonderful posts. I don't know if this has been said or not but it is truly how I feel. My insparation comes from several sources.
God, Life and You.
God gave me a wonderful, beautiful world full of color and life and the ability to transform said gifts into art for others to enjoy. What better gift to give back to Him than by using the abilities and the knowledge and skills that he has given me. that said comes Life, I live a mostly wonderful life, I have a supportive husband (most of the time) a wonderful grown daughter who might not like what I make but she is always supportive of my projects and the end results even if they are not to her taste. I love to see new things, clothing, the blue sky, a fire on a ridge, saddens me but at the same time inspires me with the play of light and dark. There are so many things in life and I try when I can to look at it with an artists eye to detail so I can share what I see with others. And then comes ya'll. I get inspired when I see the wonderful creations that are posted here in the glass forums and elsewhere on wet canvas (and a few other sites). You folks are the best inspiration, with dedication to sharing techiques, reactive color combos, everything that I have wondered about has been addressed. You are the best and I thank each of you for being my inspiration.

Well that was longer than I thought it would be, and I rambled. But please know it is truly how I feel. Corny as it may sound it is true.
Have a great night and have fun torching when you can. I look forward to seeing what you create next.

10-22-2007, 02:20 AM
My favourite fruit for this particular bead... which I named Passionfruit Twin frogs...





10-22-2007, 08:03 AM
I've been inspired by Australia's Great Outdoors. I took this picture at a local lake in Sydney sometime in June this year.


Here's the bead set I patiently handcrafted using my HH using Bullseye glass.