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I love shells, I’ve always loved both shells and rocks. I have a collection of both from my childhood that are carefully wrapped in what is now vintage toilet paper and napkins and in a cardboard box that has seen better days. Many that you see in my pictures will have come from that box.
I imagine I’m not alone in the world of lampworkers when it comes to having a design that I feel I can lose myself in. For me it is a design that is a friend that is comfortable to me in the way that an old pair of worn jeans is. It is a design that centers me when it seems my work, my rhythm, is a quarter step off in time.
For me, it is this design. You will see it, and variations of it, big and small, repeated in my work. Of all the designs I have created it is my favorite. Perhaps it is because I created it during a difficult time in my life, when working on the torch was the only way to clear my head, to make the outside world vanish if only for a short while, and to find a bit of peace so that I could deal with what I needed to when the world rushed back in.
I will always love this design.
One of these days I’m going to make an entire strand of these. Possibly if I would set a goal of one bead every day it would happen. I find, however, that once I have a rhythm going for a certain style and color, especially with my larger beads, it works best to complete the task at hand in one setting.