In 1977 I sold my car to buy a kiln. I was twenty years old. Sleeping on the couch in a small two bedroom house in Mt. Vernon, Washington, I began a career as a potter. I threw pots in the bedrooms, glazed them in the kitchen, fired them in the back yard and delivered them on my bicycle. Eventually, I bought a van, moved into a commercial space and continued on for many years making pots. In 1990, I moved to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. On five acres of land with a view of the foothills of the Olympic mountains, I didn't think that life could get any better. I thought that I would make pots there for the rest of my life until I was introduced to lampworking and the world of glass beads. A lesson from my friend Sage in Bellingham,Washington and I was immediately hooked on the process of melting glass and shaping it into a bead.
Basically, making a glass bead is fairly simple. It…
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