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Author Topic: AOTM February 2007 - Lesley Jane Nixon  (Read 4558 times)
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« on: February 05, 2007, 06:11:32 PM »

The Featured Artist for February is:

LESLEY JANE NIXON




I first got interested in lampworking during the summer of 2005, whilst off from my job as a women’s counsellor and project worker.

I wasn’t very good at doing nothing, so I needed to find a hobby to take my mind off the stresses of life.

I started out by making a few pieces of jewellery… first of all with those awful cheap imported Chinese beads.. Until I discovered the beautiful contemporary lamp worked beads on the market today….

That was what made me want to do it …. I was hooked !!



What has always enthralled me is the relationship between glass and fire …. I am always amazed at how the makeup of the flame can alter the colours in the finished bead…. Chemistry rocks !!
 


I didn’t get to take my first class untill October 2006... I got the amazing opportunity to go over to Bluemoon Glassworks in Austin, Texas to take two, 2 day classes with Larry Scott …. I came away totally amazed at the guy’s talent… and with lots of new skills too !!
I have always been amazed by the precision of Larry Scott…. And I am totally blown away by the freeform talents of both Jennifer Geldard and Andrea Guarino… Oh and Michael Barley….. Kim Neely… I could go on for a very, very long time .. LOL
 
 



I’m never sure that I actually have a signature style ?? Maybe my style is more ecclectic than anything else Huh




I plan to learn stained glass techniques this year… and I would like to build on the small line of lampworking tools and equipment that I have started selling.

I am going back over to Texas later this year to take a 2 day class with Andrea Guarino….. Excited just doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about glasswork right now… I am the luckiest woman ever !!!! I get to spend my days doing what I love… with the support of the most amazing bunch of contempories too !!

I sell my beads through my website http://www.madcatglass.co.uk/ and on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/madcatglass
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