The idea of writing this book "From bead to sculpture" first entered my mind in Louisville at the 2005 ISGB Gathering when I gave my talk entitled "Technique vs inspiration".
So many years and a lot of work later, the Gathering is back in Louisville and I was honored enough to have my Splash bead on the Gathering booklet cover this year.
This book presents an overview of my work from 2005 to 2010 together with the history of the creation of each piece, both from an inspirational and a technical point of view. It explains my inspiration and follows my creative journey with an aim to helping you to expand and refine your own lampworking.
While not a step-by-step tutorial, it gives an outline as to how each of my signature pieces is made and contains lots of the tips, tricks and techniques that, after years of teaching, I've pinpointed as those important ones that make all the difference in working with soft glass to enable you to perfect glass control.
Alongside my well-known "Splash" bead and other signature pieces, you will find a number of new designs that I have not yet published anywhere.
I am happy to announce that this new UPDATED version includes, among various additions to the text and tips, one full 9 pages tutorial for the Volcano beads (18 steps, 50 pics).
I am a French glass flameworker and live in beautiful Switzerland. After spending the first 10 years of my professional life as a research scientist, I decided to change courses and go full time into arts, in which I had always been heavily involved, as I needed to find another focus for my life. I have come to glass first through fusing but I quickly turned towards beadmaking and flameworking in general. I have studied with american master flameworkers like Jim Smircich (beads), Leah Fairbanks (beads), Loren Stump (sculptural techniques) and Shane Fero (sculptural and blowing techniques). In July 2003, I made a trip to Corning, NY, to work on sculptural techniques with Loren Stump. Following that experience, I decided to got to Murano to work with Lucio Bubacco, master in soft glass figurative sculpture and that experience opened new areas for me. More recently, I have had the opportunity to work with Lucio on a more extensive basis and feel very attracted towards the sculptural aspe