Announcement Handmade Lampwork beads by Kat Newman.
Handmade Lampwork beads by Kat Newman.
Jan Porter on Apr 14, 2015
Looking forward to using this on a wired kumihimo bracelet!
Jan Porter on Apr 14, 2015
Beautiful work! Can't wait to incorporate them into a bracelet!
Colleen on May 8, 2014
Perfect for some necklaces I need to make.
It's all about melting glass really
Lampwork explained in a very simple way: You take rods of coloured glass, a metal rod called a mandrel, and you melt the glass around the mandrel, poke it, prod it, squish it, add other coloured glass etc until you have something you are happy with, and then pop it in the kiln to re-stabilise the structure of the glass. Bit of cleaning etc and ta-daaaaa!
My studio is in my garden, in Buckinghamshire, England. It's a shed - a 'shedio' if you will. It's sweltering in the summer, and freezing in the winter, but I love it because I get to melt glass all day!
I live in a little house with my husband and my two little Jack Russel pups, Dexter and Annie. We sadly lost my Harry cat (pictured) back in February 2014. Harry cat was diagnosed with diabetes in October 2012, and this meant regular monitoring, close regimentation of his diet and twice daily injections at the same time each day. I've blogged this extensively so that anyone else who is faced with this is better armed with information than I was at the beginning!
Dexter and Annie are black and tan jack russels. They keep me busy as they are still youngsters, and I take them on a nice long walk through the fields opposite the house straight after my torch sessions in the morning.
I've always loved glass. I still get that 'catch' in the back of my throat and the hairs standing up on the back of my head when I stand in front of gorgeous stained glass windows, and I still collect glass stirrers and those little glass sweeties and characters - the latest being from Spain and from Prague! But I didn't connect the dots to glass work until after I'd been silversmithing for a few years. I love diy, and power tools and crafts, and silversmithing ticked all of those kind of boxes for me. Then someone introduced me to Artisan beads and life was never the same! I took a days lesson in Feb 2011 and got my setup in March, and here I am!
My style and influences are generally quite natural. I love colour and I love tactile things so I always seem to make beads with elements that you want to touch or stroke. My favourite bead-making activity is sculptural, beautiful goddesses where I can manipulate and poke and prod, and use gravity to get what I want. I also love making little character beads, my little animals are based around a round bead, and it's so much fun to see what elements of the animal and the character I can fit onto the round shape but I just love being able to give a bead character just through placement of facial features etc. I often talk to them, but don't tell anyone!
My love of animals has come from spending a lot of my time in rural Normandy, France. I have friends and family there and consider myself to have been half brought up over there. I adore chickens and all their beautiful colours, and have spent many a cold winter morning and evening rounding up the cows and milking. All animals have their own little personalities and that's something I definitely try to infuse into my beads - although it's difficult in such a small area. Perhaps larger ones will be coming out soon, who knows! I love the countryside and the outdoors and there is something about the fresh clean air over there that rejuvenates me on my regular visits and brings me back to fresh ideas and designs for the beads.
I am also a Reiki healer and have many year's background in all kinds of alternative healing and spirituality. This is projected mainly through my lovely Goddesses, the positive meditative energy that they give me when creating them can only pass on to their new owner in a good way!
I also have some gothic influences still, I love skulls and vampires and all things dark. This doesn't regularly make much of an appearance in my bead making but sometimes you just have to go dark!
I don't just do lampworking though, you will see the odd other creative medium creeping in from time to time. I'm a total craft butterfly but Lampworking is the thing that has held my attention for the longest time, thanks in part to the total flexibility and scope and partly because it's just awesome!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Lampwork Glass Artist
I escaped the Corporate world in 2010 to follow my passion in silversmithing, and then found lampworking in 2011 and have never looked back! I love love love my craft, which I do from my studio in Buckinghamshire, England.
My main influence when it comes to design, is nature. I love floral beads and I love the sculptural side of the craft and the animals are really fun to make.
I discovered lampworking whilst I was silversmithing full-time and really haven't gone back to silver since I picked up the glass! But like most crafters, I do have other crafts that I enjoy on a regular basis.
I welcome commissions too - just drop me a line and we'll talk about your requirements.
My beads are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln and cleaned of bead release and are of good quality, however if you have any issues please contact me so that we can resolve them to both our satisfaction.
Please note that although kiln annealing makes the beads strong and durable, they are still glass!
Please note that colours may vary according to different monitors.
Accepted payment methods
If you want to reserve an item I would be happy to do so, for a maximum of 48 hours unless agreed otherwise. If payment hasn't been received in that time I will relist.
I always get proof of posting, this is as much for your protection as mine.
International customers: please note any customs charges on your package will be your own responsibility. Shipping overseas can take a long time in some cases. If you are concerned about a missing parcel it may be worth checking what the delivery timescale is from the UK to your country.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any other reason, please either email me or convo me within 3 days of receipt. Once I have agreed a refund or exchange please return the item, un-damaged and in the origional packaging.
On receipt of the item I will then arrange for an appropriate exchange, or refund of the purchase price where applicable.
I will undertake any alterations where applicable, if further materials are required or if the alteration is complicated and requires more than 15 minutes of time then additional charges may be applicable.
Additional policies and FAQs
As my items are handmade and unique, any re-makes will not be identical to the original however I will get them as close and as similar as possible.