Hi! My name is Karolen. I’ve been lampworking for about ten years. You can see a really silly picture of me here in my garage studio with my giant AUR92 “Gloria Steinem” glasses on.
I’m a full-time beadmaker, and I’m blessed to live in the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, Arizona with my partner Steve (who is also a lampwork beadmaker and a massage therapist) and our three kids. Steve made the nifty glass rack you see behind me in the photo.
My lampworking journey started in an interesting way. I used to fabricate jewelry with silver and gemstones and would often see lampwork beads pictured in Lapidary Journal. I always thought the beads were beautiful, but I had never considered making them myself.
Then one night I dreamed I was making lampwork beads. These dreams continued all night for four nights. After that I thought I should probably give beadmaking a try. In fact, I was already obsessed with the idea! I searched for a lampworking class in my area, but there wasn’t a class for six months. While I waited I poured over every book and website I could find that related to lampworking. By the time the class came around, I already knew that lampworking was what I wanted to do. I took two classes that year at Snow Farm in Massachusetts, and since then I’ve been self-taught.
Many of the beads I make are floral or organic and inspired by landscapes and the natural world. My style is varied, though I generally use earth-toned colors and strive for good shapes and pleasing designs. I like to use unique glasses such as the silvered glasses by Double Helix, the line of ASK 104 glasses which have a very natural look to them, and also glass by Creation is Messy and odd-lot and unique glasses by Vetrofond and Effetre. I often use silver foil, silver wire, and gold leaf in my designs, and I’ll sometimes etch my beads because I love the soft matte look and feel it gives them.
Thanks for checking out my beads. Enjoy!