Michelle Pearson - Lampwork Glass Bead Artist
I have been making hand made glass beads (aka lampworking) since just after moving to Alaska in 2002. I began by taking classes after seeing Michelle Waldren's wonderful lampwork at a downtown Saturday market. The bead I adored was $100 and the class was $150, so it seemed sensible to learn to make one myself. Well, eleven years later I eventually had to buy one because I've evolved my own style, opened Artmosphere Studio & I make beads very different from Michelle W's.
Lampworking is only one of the many jewelry making adventures I've at least dabbled in. I enjoy trying new techniques and adding to my skill set. I've dabbled in glass fusing, micromosaics, Precious Metal Clays, electroforming, and semi-precious stone beaded jewelry. My sparkley side is infatuated with Swarovski crystal and I've got a line of jewlery with Swarovski crystal beads mixed with antiqued brass findings.
You can find my jewelry at Girdwood Center for Visual Arts in Girdwood (GCVA) as well as at Artmosphere Studio events and fall arts & craft shows.
My shows are done for the holiday season. My jewelry is always available at the GCVA in Girdwood (next door to The Bake Shop). Next up is my trunk show at Alaska Bead Company on February 11, 2017. I'm very excited to be debuting hollow beads and off mandrel vessels & small jars (not beads, but definitely a fun new adventure in glass).
February 11 - Alaska Bead Company annual Alaskan Lampworker Trunk show
April 1, 2017 - Glass, Bead, & Jewelry Bazaar held during the ISGB Gathering and Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.