Hand made glass beads, silver jewellery and unique objets-d’art
Everyone likes to find something unique, and if it’s made in Norfolk even better. At Seahorse Studio you can watch the creative process as Helen Wright makes her lampwork glass beads in the studio.
From simple spacer beads to ornate flower vases and little vessel beads that seem to have the patina of centuries, you can buy just a single bead, a set or a piece of jewellery.
Helen also stocks work by artists that she admires.
- Beautiful fused and dichroic glass from Hazel Millington
- Exquisite silver jewellery by Melinda Scarborough
- Bold lampwork necklaces by Sarah Lamb
- Fabulous polymer clay jewellery from Anarina in Greece
- Colourful stained glass from Suzanne Phillips
- Witty wood sculptures by Martin Heap
- Hand-made silk devoré scarves by Sue Harris
- Quirky ceramics by Nicky Green
All one-of-a-kind and perfect presents – or a treat for yourself.
Commissions are very welcome – if you have a particular colour scheme you would like matched, Helen can make something just for you.
You can also see Helen’s work online at seahorsestudio.co.uk, or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/seahorsestudioholt
What is lampwork? Helen explains her craft…
“Lampworking is a type of glasswork where a torch or lamp is used to melt the glass. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as we no longer use oil-fueled lamps as they did in Murano, Italy in the 14th century.
“My beads are made by melting glass rods in the flame, fuelled by propane and oxygen, and winding the hot glass round a metal mandrel. The diameter of the rod determines the size of the hole in the bead: I use mainly 2.4mm and 3.2mm mandrels, but I also make larger hole beads, either with or without a silver core, suitable for charm bracelets.
“All beads are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln (so they cool down at the correct rate to make them robust), carefully cleaned and then used to make unique pieces of jewellery. No two beads are alike – that’s the beauty of hand made work.
“I have studied on Murano and with teachers from the UK, USA, South Africa, Germany and The Netherlands. I use glass from Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and USA, and add metals such as silver and palladium foil to create different effects.”