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Art in Canada: Lampwork beads by Sherry Bellamy

We love Art, all kind of Art. We follow the work of many, many artists. Hundreds of links of websites filled with beautiful works made by inspired and creative artists. So it was time was share them with you, as we already did before but with one little change. We received emails from Spanish, Swedish, American, Mexican and other readers asking us why we didn’t talk about this particular artist, coming from their country… So here we are dear Canadian Sama Readers, today is ‘Art in Canada’with lampwork beads by Sherry Bellamy!

Sherry Bellamy‘s About Me:

I’ve been fascinated with glass since childhood, and I’m delighted to be able to work with this incredible medium. Primarily self-taught, I like to try to push the boundaries of beadmaking and glass sculpture, and I have developed several innovative techniques. I spend a lot of time designing the interior architecture of my beads, sort of building them from the inside out; the concept of capturing the design within the bead is very appealing to me. I’ve been privileged to have taken classes with several brilliant glass artists; most recently I’ve studied in Italy with Lucio Bubacco. Watching Lucio was no less than a revelation, he does things with glass that I thought were impossible. Teaching students how to expand their knowledge of glass beadmaking is becoming a large component of my career, and one that I enjoy immensely!

About lampworking (from

Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Although the art form has been practiced since ancient Syrian (1 Century B.C., B. Dunham) times, it became widely practiced in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. In the mid 19th century lampwork technique was extended to the production of paperweights, primarily in France, where it became a popular art form, still collected today. Lampworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob known as a gob or gather, thereby inflating it by blowing air into the blowpipe, whereas lampworking manipulates glass either by the use of tools, gravity, or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube.

Sherry Bellamy caught our attention because she really pushes the boundaries of beadmaking and glass sculpture. It’s fascinating how carefully designed is the interior architecture of each bead. We had to choose one of these beads to illustrate this post but you can see them all on the artist website.

Our next ‘Art in…’ post will be about an artist from another country, in a totally different art domain!

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