Over the next few weeks I will be doing a series on the history of bead making and the significance of beads in a variety of cultures from all over the world. This week we explore the long history of bead making. Where it came from, and how much it has (and hasn’t) changed in the last 500 years.
About Lori Steel
Lori Steel is a glass artist living and working in Victoria, BC. When she is not at her torch, she is travelling the world sharing her jewelry with art lovers everywhere.
Entries by Lori Steel
The term “lampwork” is derived from the Venetian process “a lume” which means at the lamp, where in centuries past, they used the heat from an oil lamp to melt the glass. work the hot glass in a flame, or “flame working”. Today, we use torches that blend both fuel and oxygen, resulting in a much hotter flame and better control.
Special thanks to Pirjo Raits of the Sooke News Mirror for this lovely article on Dragonfly Organic Art. Being a part of the thriving arts community of greater Victoria is exciting, and the beauty of the island is a constant inspiration.
Fine jewellery is the perfect gift for the special person in your life. See how I present gift packages of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, specifically chosen to capture the unique style of that special someone.
Each bead you see on this site has been handmade by me, Lori Steel, in my small home studio in Sooke BC.
Coming events for the 2017 market season are live. Find Dragonfly Organics in a town near you this year.
From selection to firing, learn about the steps involved in the creation of handmade focal beads right here.
The Festival of Crafts is one of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events, showcasing the best of the Canadian Handmade community.
The Butterdome Craft Sale is an unforgettable Canadian Handmade community gathering, offering a weekend of the very best in holiday shopping.
200 Canadian craftspeople gather downtown at the Calgary Telus Convention Center for just four days to share their work. I am proud to be among them.