Freya Adelle Read Handmade Lampworked Glass Beads & Jewelry All my beads are properly annealed for durability. email@example.com
Artist Statement and Bio
FREYA ADELLE READ
My love of glass
began early through the influence of my father, a stained glass
craftsman from the early 1970’s through 2005. In the early 1990’s he introduced
me to fused glass and from that luck led me to lampworked glass beads. It was
while visiting my folks in Chattanooga, Tennessee that I met Donavan Boutz, a 2nd
generation glass artist. Trained under his father Eugene Boutz and Harvey
Littleton, he has played a crucial role in the beadmaking movement that we see
now. I would never have tried it if not for him opening that door for me. I sat
and watched him work for months before he made me take his class. That was the start of my journey with glass.
I was working with metals at the time but glass filled me with an excitement that
I had never felt before. The magic when heat is applied to the glass, seeing it
become more liquid, watching how the colors emerge and blend. The depth of each
application can change the look and feel of the glass.It is like waking up on Christmas morning
and finding that gift you never dreamed you would receive. I am inspired by my garden which sits just out the door of my studio. Shape, texture and hue constantly change in a garden. The mixture of colors and feel inspire the beads and jewelry I make. In my work I incorporate metal elements,
gemstones, and my father’s tumbled glass pieces.
I have worked in the American Craft world for the last 30 years. First selling handmade Native American Indian Jewelry and Art. Later for a gallery that specialized in a variety of Fine American Handmade Crafts from woods to kaleidoscopes. For the last 10 years I have been an art glass consultant for an all North American art glass gallery.
My glass beads are made from soft soda lime glass and borosilicate glass.They are kiln
annealed for durability and safety.
Society of Glass Bead Makers
Glass Art Society
Precious Metal Clay
Boutz and Suzan Benzle-Boutz
Elizabeth Knodle, and Michelle Lawrence
Artifacts Chattanooga, Tennessee Buchanan Gallery Galveston, Texas Free Flight Gallery Dallas, Texas Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass Dallas , Texas
River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee The Craft Guild of Dallas Gallery Dallas, Texas