Charmaine Jackson

Charmaine Jackson


Jackson bioIt was in 2001 that I was introduced to glass bead-making and I knew I had found my calling.

For me, it is a process of discovery and perseverance; there is no hurrying the process.

I melt glass rods of different colors onto stainless steel welding rods, then remove the rods after the beads have cooled (leaving a hole) to finish.

The glass is heated to about 1500-1700 degrees and from there, I can draw designs on beads with very skinny pieces of glass (like pencil lead), drop dots on beads, or push and pull the designs like very hot cake frosting.  People assume designs are done after the bead cools, but they’re all done in a sequence while the beads are at this hot temperature.

Glass moves a certain way, responding to temperature changes and gravity, and I enjoy studying the many ways it allows itself to be manipulated, and of course, all of the variations that can be made if I just slow down and let it flow.

All the glass beads in my designs are made by melting and shaping European and American glass rods.  The glass in the pendants has multiple layers and manipulations of varying colors of glass, while the hollow beads are bubbles of molten glass, showcasing the beautiful colors of transparent glass in these dainty but durable pieces.

While I have also worked in pastels, pen and ink, and acrylics, once I discovered glass bead-making – once called lampwork beads – I knew that I had found my calling.

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