CheckowayGlass

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads for Jewelry Makers

Boston, Massachusetts

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Announcement    WELCOME to CheckowayGlass! I make each of these glass beads in my Massachusetts studio using traditional lampwork techniques.

Select here and at in-person bead show from handmade glass beads I design and make for the creative jewelry-maker, artist and crafter. I've recently re-opened this shop with new creations for your shopping fun. Shipping is free in the U.S. when you spend $35+. Please message me with any questions you may have.

Note that I often refer to the actual name of the glass color. For example, if I call something pale aqua you'll know that any of my beads with that color will match. Hope you find that helpful.

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.

See my bead show schedule below: They are all in the Northeastern U.S. My in person bead shows are completed for 2021:

August 20-22 - Whole Bead Show - Greater Philadelphia Expo Ctr, Oaks PA
October 7-9 - Whole Bead Show - New York City NY
Oct 16 - Bead Affaire - Watertown MA

I'll post my 2022 bead show schedule as it is firmed up.


-- Sheila Checkoway

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Last updated on Oct 23, 2021

WELCOME to CheckowayGlass! I make each of these glass beads in my Massachusetts studio using traditional lampwork techniques.

Select here and at in-person bead show from handmade glass beads I design and make for the creative jewelry-maker, artist and crafter. I've recently re-opened this shop with new creations for your shopping fun. Shipping is free in the U.S. when you spend $35+. Please message me with any questions you may have.

Note that I often refer to the actual name of the glass color. For example, if I call something pale aqua you'll know that any of my beads with that color will match. Hope you find that helpful.

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.

See my bead show schedule below: They are all in the Northeastern U.S. My in person bead shows are completed for 2021:

August 20-22 - Whole Bead Show - Greater Philadelphia Expo Ctr, Oaks PA
October 7-9 - Whole Bead Show - New York City NY
Oct 16 - Bead Affaire - Watertown MA

I'll post my 2022 bead show schedule as it is firmed up.


-- Sheila Checkoway

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About CheckowayGlass

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On Etsy since 2010

ABOUT MY BEADS: I find inspiration in nature, my extensive travels, almost anywhere and everywhere! My style is varied ranging from organic to bling! I love to 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 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. You can follow Sheila Checkoway Designs - 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. Inspiration comes to me from nature and organic materials: the sea, mountains, plants, stone, canyons, sky, rusting metals, archeological structures, textures.

My studio is at Elsie Kaye Glassworks & Boutique where I work among the contagious energy of glass-making friends and teach bead-making. 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 since 2008. I teach lampwork to beginners and advanced students at Elsie Kaye Glassworks & Boutique, Westborough MA, and am a member of ISGB International Society of Glass Beadmakers – Boston Chapter.

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.

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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.