Becky Congdon's Profile

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I am a glass lampworker/flameworker. I use a lamp/torch to melt rods of glass around a mandrel (steel rod) dipped in a release. The glass rods are from Murano, Italy (Effetre/Moretti). Each bead is then decorated with layers of glass, stringers, latticinos, goldstone, foils, etc. I enjoy capturing these decorations in clear glass (called encasing). After each bead is embellished, I anneal the bead in a computer-controlled kiln to remove the stress in the glass. Then each bead is hand cleaned to remove the bead release and assembled into the designs you see.

I have been working with glass on and off since 1997. My background is engineering (mechanical and computer science). I left the "faith" so to speak to use my artistic side of my brain now. I have always loved glass (my mother is an avid antique glass collector). However,…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 6
  • Joined August 14, 2006

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Glass, silver, gemstones, pearls

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About

Welcome!

I am a glass lampworker/flameworker. I use a lamp/torch to melt rods of glass around a mandrel (steel rod) dipped in a release. The glass rods are from Murano, Italy (Effetre/Moretti). Each bead is then decorated with layers of glass, stringers, latticinos, goldstone, foils, etc. I enjoy capturing these decorations in clear glass (called encasing). After each bead is embellished, I anneal the bead in a computer-controlled kiln to remove the stress in the glass. Then each bead is hand cleaned to remove the bead release and assembled into the designs you see.

I have been working with glass on and off since 1997. My background is engineering (mechanical and computer science). I left the "faith" so to speak to use my artistic side of my brain now. I have always loved glass (my mother is an avid antique glass collector). However, this major life change came when I had the great opportunity to work in Corning, NY and was smitten by glass. In fact, one of my first dates with my husband was an open house at The Studio in Corning. I took several classes from lampworkers and glass blowers such as: Paul Stankard, Emilio Santini, Suellen Fowler, Glady West, Jen Zitkov, Caitlin Hyde, Sally Prasch, Elizabeth Lyons, Faith Ferris, and Margaret Neher. All great artists!

I now have my own studio in Honeoye, NY (the lovely Finger Lakes region). My studio overlooks the lake here. What a view. I love nature and gardening. You can see that reflected in my glass. I tend to have nature scenes (fish, aquarium beads, grapes, flowers, etc.). I also love high contrast and depth that glass has.

I am a member of the following supportive organizations:
International Society of Glass Beadmakers
Self-Representing Artists working in Glass (SRA) #C47
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