About our work
A few years ago, a friend sat me down and showed me how to use her glassworking torch. I've been hooked ever since. I met Chris (aka Ekk), a professional blacksmith, in 2006 and we immediately hit it off. His ironwork is a fascinating mixture of the practical and the artistic, and we like to find new ways our skills can collaborate.
I began this shop as a way to finance my glass hobby, but soon found that there were very few other people selling historically accurate replica beads for the reenactment and museum community in the US. All my historical beads are based off extant examples from museums all over the world. Full documentation for each style is available upon request.
Chris and I live on a former-hippie-commune-turned-farmstead on the Canadian border with no running water. We share our land with a couple of cats, a fluctuating number of chickens, and a wickedly clever goat named Oscar.
For more information on the beads I make, see:
Brugmann, Birte. Glass Beads from Early Anglo-Saxon Graves: A Study of the Provenance and Chronology of Glass Beads from Early Anglo-Saxon Graves, Based on Visual Examination. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2004.
Callmer, Johan. 1977. Trade Beads and Bead Trade in Scandinavia ca. 800 - 1000 AD. Acta Archaeologica Lundensia 4th Series, No. 11. Lund: Munksgaard.
Guido, Margaret. 1978. The Glass Beads of the Prehistoric and Roman Periods in Britain and Ireland, Rep. Res. Comm. Soc. Antiq. Lond. 35, (London)
Guido, Margaret. 1999. The Glass Beads of Anglo-Saxon England c. AD 400-700 (ed. Welch, M.) Rep. Res. Comm. Soc. Antiq. Lond. 56, (London)
Owner, Maker, Glass Artist
A museum professional by trade, Sarah has always been interested in the material culture of other eras. Glasswork began as a hobby but is now a full time occupation.
Chris is a professional blacksmith, boatbuilder, and jack of all trades who has made everything from Roman 4-horn saddles to a 35' two masted sailboat. His love of history inspires his work.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
As far as returns go, every item is one of a kind due to its handmade nature. The photos accurately represent the pattern used for the listing. If you want to return something anyways, please contact me immediately. Your reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis, so please make it creative. :) Bonus points for humor. There will be a $10 restocking fee for items returned. No returns after 4 weeks, please.