Baxter Beads

                

              Ashley Bartlett        

 Baxter Beads

 

 

I have had a love of art and its many forms all of my life, but my journey with glass started in 1997 when I became an apprentice in glassblowing for Simon Pearce. Simon Pearce is a beautiful company in Queechee, Vermont where you can watch artisans working together to produce both pottery and hand blown glass. I was with the company for several years learning everything I could about the art of glassblowing. Building upon the experience and skills garnered at Simon Pearce I sought out new opportunities and found myself with Micheal Egan; a talented glassblower in Granville, Vermont.  Micheal works with murrini and cane producing a beautiful and colorful Venetian style of glass, which was my first introduction to color and complex applications.

 

Soon thereafter I moved to Denver where I learned to apply my artisan’s skills to “scientific” glassblowing with the company, Precision Glassblowing of Colorado.  Scientific glassblowing was an exceptional challenge due to the complexity of design, and the requirement to produce identically performing glassware in a production environment. For me, it was an entirely new approach to glass. At Scientific Glassblowing I worked with myriad glass mediums from pyrex to quartz, shaping the glassware to client specification with a hand torch and lathe.

 

I found myself back in New England in 2003 newly married and starting a family. Life took over and my endeavors with glass went to the back burner for a while, although I never stopped working with it in my mind. In 2010, after a 7 year break from my artisan proclivity, I decided it was time to get the glass juices flowing again and enrolled in a lampworking class at the Worcester Center for Crafts. I was taught by Liliana Glenn, a very talented and inspirational instructor. I was so happy to be back with the glass, and again learning another totally new approach to working with it. It was during those weeks, not only the aforementioned years, and in this new phase of learning the art of lampworking that I felt as though I had come full circle with the glass.

 

 Over the last year I’ve put together a little studio in my home. It is a joy having the glass at my fingertips again; it is truly a passion of the heart.

 





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