Welcome to Friday once again lovely readers! What a busy week it has been. I have finally got the DUST Team Awards Collage prize packaged to send out to the gorgeous Erin at Inner Earth Soaps and I received my amazing prize pack from the sweet Samone at Red Letter Studio yesterday !
This week I am very pleased to introduce a new DUSTy Diva and Friday Friend - meet Robyn from FireSong Creations !
The FireSong Creations Creative Flame
Who is FireSong Creations ?
FireSong Creations is the name I picked for my lampworking once I had decided to sell my work. I did not want to use my real name for a couple of reasons, but the main one is that there is another glass artist locally with the same name, besides which, I wanted a name that captured the fire that shines in my creations.
In reality, I am a very down to earth, mother of two who just loves to create beautiful things.
What exactly is Lampworking?
Lampworking is the art of using the flame of a gas fuelled torch to melt rods of glass and then forming the glass into different shapes. Lampworking can be used to create beads, figurines etc.
How and When did your handmade/artistic journey begin ?
Although my conventional artistic skills like drawing are right up there with pre-schoolers (I can't draw to save my life!), I have always been crafty and I did a lot of mixed media for many years until I discovered jewellery making in 2009.
What mediums do you work with - do you have a favourite ?
My early creative focus was scrapbooking and I made a lot of story pages with sequences of connected photographs, so I started with a lot of cards and papers and so on, but even back then I wanted my work to have depth and dimension, so I often ended up with three dimensional pages that could not really go in an album.
Now with my focus on lampworking, I would have to pick glass as my favourite medium - especially Double Helix silver glass (maybe that is a homage to the years I spent studying genetics at college?). Having said that, I have just started experimenting with Precious Metal Clay, so maybe that will be my favourite soon. That is what I love about the whole creative process - there is always something new to try.
I do make my beads up into finished jewellery, but I tend to get sidetracked at the torch sometimes and end up with a backlog of pieces to finish off. For that reason, I love it when someone buys a set of beads from me - partly because I love to see how they put their own interpretation onto the finished item, but also because it means more time for lampworking.
By far the best thing I have created would be my 14 y/o twin sons, but if we are sticking to my jewellery it would be a purple/burgundy one and a quarter inch straight sided lentil bead that I made about 6 months ago and fell in love with. Several of my customers have wanted it, but it is not for sale.
The sad thing is that although I have tried several times using the same glass combinations, I have never managed to come close to replicating it. That is both frustrating and pleasing - I love the fact that even when they are made with the same glass, each piece is unique.
Dear readers, want to see some more beautiful glassy creations ?
Here is how you can connect with FireSong Creations
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