CheckowayGlass

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads for Jewelry Artists

Boston, Massachusetts | 924 Sales

CheckowayGlass

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads for Jewelry Artists

Boston, Massachusetts 924 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (556)
Sheila Checkoway

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Sheila Checkoway

Announcement    My shop is ‘under construction’ and will re-open in July 2019. Please check my Facebook page CheckowayGlass for show info and latest bead designs. Thanks.

Would you like to learn glass bead-making called lampwork? I am the resident artist and teacher at Elsie Kaye Glassworks, Westborough MA. Contact me for class information and details.

WELCOME to CheckowayGlass - where you can select from hand made glass beads I design and make for the creative jewelry-maker and crafter. My gift to you: FREE SET OF GLASS BEAD SPACERS for every two items you order! See my bead show schedule below: They are all in the Northeastern U.S.

My beads are interesting designs, some organic and matte finish, some with metal and bling!. Bead sets sometimes include treasures of stone, pearls, metals and other treasures so your completed necklace just needs your restringing and finishing touches. I ship internationally and welcome custom order discussions.

Visit often, and please share CheckowayGlass.etsy.com with your friends! Also, check out CheckowayGlass on Facebook. Thank you.

Here is my 2019 show schedule:

January 11-12 - Innovative Beads Expo- Marlborough MA
March 16-17 - Innovative Beads Expo- North Haven CT
March 22-24 - Whole Bead Show- New York City NY
April 5-7 – Innovative Beads Expo - Oaks PA
April 13 - ISGB Bead Extravaganza, Marlborough MA
May 4 - rescheduled - Innovative Brad’s Expo - Albany NY
May 10-11- Innovative Beads Expo - Marlborough MA
July 12-13 - The Bead Hive Trunk Show - Guilford CT
July 27-28 - Innovative Beads Expo - Concord NH
August 16-18 - Bead Fest - Philadelphia PA
September 7 - CT Bead Bazaar, Middletown, CT
September 13-14 - Innovative Beads Expo - Marlborough MA
October 18-20 - Whole Bead Show - New York City NY
October 19 - Bead Affaire - Watertown MA
November 1-2 - Innovative Beads Expo - Marlborough MA
November 9-10 - Innovative Beads Expo – Albany NY
November 16 - Innovative Beads Expo – North Haven CT

-- Sheila Checkoway Self-Representing Artist SRA #C-120

Announcement

Last updated on May 14, 2019

My shop is ‘under construction’ and will re-open in July 2019. Please check my Facebook page CheckowayGlass for show info and latest bead designs. Thanks.

Would you like to learn glass bead-making called lampwork? I am the resident artist and teacher at Elsie Kaye Glassworks, Westborough MA. Contact me for class information and details.

WELCOME to CheckowayGlass - where you can select from hand made glass beads I design and make for the creative jewelry-maker and crafter. My gift to you: FREE SET OF GLASS BEAD SPACERS for every two items you order! See my bead show schedule below: They are all in the Northeastern U.S.

My beads are interesting designs, some organic and matte finish, some with metal and bling!. Bead sets sometimes include treasures of stone, pearls, metals and other treasures so your completed necklace just needs your restringing and finishing touches. I ship internationally and welcome custom order discussions.

Visit often, and please share CheckowayGlass.etsy.com with your friends! Also, check out CheckowayGlass on Facebook. Thank you.

Here is my 2019 show schedule:

January 11-12 - Innovative Beads Expo- Marlborough MA
March 16-17 - Innovative Beads Expo- North Haven CT
March 22-24 - Whole Bead Show- New York City NY
April 5-7 – Innovative Beads Expo - Oaks PA
April 13 - ISGB Bead Extravaganza, Marlborough MA
May 4 - rescheduled - Innovative Brad’s Expo - Albany NY
May 10-11- Innovative Beads Expo - Marlborough MA
July 12-13 - The Bead Hive Trunk Show - Guilford CT
July 27-28 - Innovative Beads Expo - Concord NH
August 16-18 - Bead Fest - Philadelphia PA
September 7 - CT Bead Bazaar, Middletown, CT
September 13-14 - Innovative Beads Expo - Marlborough MA
October 18-20 - Whole Bead Show - New York City NY
October 19 - Bead Affaire - Watertown MA
November 1-2 - Innovative Beads Expo - Marlborough MA
November 9-10 - Innovative Beads Expo – Albany NY
November 16 - Innovative Beads Expo – North Haven CT

-- Sheila Checkoway Self-Representing Artist SRA #C-120

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About

ABOUT MY BEADS: I find inspiration in nature, my extensive travels, almost anywhere and everywhere! My style could be described as organic though I experiment with shape, color and design with wonderful results. Other lampworkers describe my beads as ‘different’ and ‘unique’.

All glass beads are handmade in the studio using traditional lampwork techniques. I use soft soda lime glass COE 104 Effrete/Moretti, CIM, Vetrofond, Precision, Lauscha, Reichenbach, Double Helix – along with metals, foils, frits, and shards. The centuries-old lampwork technique involves melting glass in the flame, manipulating it onto the mandrel, and determining shape, color combinations, and design. Each bead is a unique work of art even when it’s part of a series. All beads are kiln-annealed (cooled slowly in the kiln to realign the molecules) to assure stability, strength and durability of the finished cleaned bead. I use 3/32" mandrels unless otherwise specified.

ABOUT ME: My company name is Sheila Checkoway Designs, and CheckowayGlass on Etsy and Facebook. You can follow CheckowayGlass on Facebook - learn about my sales, see stories of my glass bead inspirations. My home and studio is in eastern Massachusetts. My beads are available on Etsy and at shows (see schedule).

More than 20 years ago I began working with hot glass in sand-casting at a Corning NY studio, but switched to lampwork when I became mesmerized by the tiny creations. I learned with annual classes at Snow Farm in Western Massachusetts with Cynthia Saari – always inspiring and incredibly productive! Inspiration comes to me from nature and organic materials: the sea, mountains, stone, canyons, sky, rusting metals, archeological structures, textures.

My studio is at Diablo Glass School in Boston where I work among the contagious energy of glass-making friends and teach bead-making in the flameshop. I’ve met a wonderful cadre of lampworkers – folks who share their knowledge and expertise willingly and enthusiastically.

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  • Sheila Checkoway

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Making glass beads is my passion. Teach at Diablo Glass School- Boston, member Beadesigners International, The New England Bead Society, International Society of Glass Beadmakers – Boston Chapter. also a self-representing artist SRA #C-120.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 6, 2015
Welcome to CheckowayGlass! I hope you delight in shopping through my glass bead creations and selecting your purchase as much as I did in making them for you. You're eager to receive your selection, and I guarantee to get it to you quickly and safely.

I keep my prices reasonable - most sets include several spacer beads made in coordinating glass colors to help with your creative jewelry-making. Prices do not include shipping costs.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All work is guaranteed. I want you to be as happy with your purchase as I was in making it! Please contact me if you have any questions. Returns for any reason must be received within ten days of payment for full refind minus shipping. Though my glass is carefully annealed and packaged, it is fragile and must be handled with some care. If a piece breaks in shipping, you'll receive a full refund, or you may receive a store credit for a future purchase.
Payment
Payment is due the same day as purchase. Payment is made through Etsy Direct Checkout with Credit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, AmericanExpress - or through Paypal.
Shipping
My U.S. shipping charges are a flat $4.00 for the first item and an additional $0.85 for each additional item with your purchase (for international sales $12.00 first item and $1.50 each additional). This flat rate covers first class postage costs and my shipping supplies.

Your order is packaged in a gauze draw-string bag, then placed in a sturdy shipping box with bubble wrap. I ship by first class mail within 3 business days of your payment. Contact me immediately if you wish another method of shipment or if your shipment doesn't arrive in a reasonable amount of time.