Hi, my name is Rosemarie Hanus, I melt glass on a torch shooting out flames of about 1600 degrees F, and I am going to give you a glimpse in how I think. Trust me, you should be afraid. Very, very afraid.
I’m just kidding – you do not have to be afraid. I really am fascinated by the whole process of making glass objects, the melting of glass is so mesmerizing, and I would like to share this with you. I currently make primarily large glass beads and a few small marbles.
My foray into glass beadmaking started early in 2003. At the time, I collected marbles and paperweights, and this voice in my head said, “hey, maybe you could make some of these yourself.” I started to poke around on the internet, and low and behold, there was a glass studio near me that gave classes, including beadmaking. In February of 2003, with Sandy Osborn as the instructor, I lit a torch for the very first time, and melted glass. (Well, other than a plumber’s torch – but that is another day’s story.) Cue the Choir of Angels here. The beads were not so great, but I was absolutely hooked. I think that is a sentiment shared by many beadmakers – just a little taste, and the addiction begins.
Soon after that, I bought a tiny Fireworks torch. Now, this is not a very powerful torch in the hierarchy of torches, so my beads were small. However, I did learn a lot about heat control on this little torch.I soon moved to a larger torch and my beads also began to get larger. I took a few classes at the studio (Steinert’s, which sadly has closed.) I learned how to make twisted cane, which basically is different colors of glass together and is used as a decoration. Very much of my work involves the use of this twisted cane.
I would also like to tell you a little more about me. I was born in Akron, Ohio, and currently live in nearby Bath Township with my children, husband, dog, cat, and fish. I am an engineer, and I have been working in the aerospace industry for more than 25 years, with a specialty in image processing. Starting in grade school, I played in the band, and recently, I learned the French Horn in order to play in a local brass choir. I guess I like to learn new things and to keep busy. My Grandfather said it was better to wear out than rust out, and I guess I really bought into that!
I am really excited by the Watch Me Create blog, because I really would like to give some insight into the process of how I develop my beads. I would like to try and focus on my thoughts as a series of beads progress, and to convey the process as I problem solve. So, see? I really want you to to see how I think.
Photos by Stephen Curless of Dreamscape Photography.