PD Maxfield Lampwork
"I took my first lampworking class in August 2001 and immediately fell in love with the art of making glass beads. I knew this was something that had big significance for me. I joined the ISGB early on, and have never looked back!
There is something so magical, so entrancing about melting a glass rod, and winding the glass around a mandrel, adding more to make designs and patterns, that is so fulfilling.
I love the organic look and am always experimenting with metal leaf and frit combinations, and the opportunity to experiment with color is truly wonderful. Glass colors layer nicely, sometimes reacting to each other giving surprising results. Waiting for the kiln to ramp down is very much like waiting for Christmas morning! It is so much fun opening the kiln to see what will come out!
I make a point to take every opportunity I get to study with lampworkers that are well known in the bead world. I am very grateful to be able to study with more experienced lampworkers, and thank them for sharing their knowledge of this wonderful medium. The new techniques I learn in these classes keep me stretching and growing as a lampworker."