Here I am trying my hand at blogging.
So, a little about myself: My name is Amy Waldman-Smith (but I bet you have already figured that part out). I began lampworking in 2001 when I took an introductory class at Nortel Manufacturing with Lezlie Winemaker. In those days both Lezlie and I were known by other names, but time change and so do names sometimes.
I fell in love at first bead and have not looked back since.
I initially had no intention of setting up a studio, but the minute that was possible I jumped on it. I never thought it would be more than a hobby, but in 2003 I was asked to teach at BeadFX when the owner became pregnant with her first child. I have been teaching at BeadFX on a regular basis since then. I teach introductory lampwork and also some intermediate classes. You can check their website for when - just click on the month you are interested in and you can see all the classes they offer. Click here to go to the BeadFX site.
I recently returned home from the Bead and Button show. I came back last Monday and am slowly recovering. What a week. I took three little classes - all tons of fun and for the first time I taught lampworking at Bead and Button. What a blast.
I participated in the Flame On to raise money for breast cancer: I have say I was very nervous. My pal Betty is there behind me - she stayed for the entire bead! (over an hour). The other onlookers are gazing at Dora Schubert - she had quite the following and I do wish I could have watched what she was up to because that girl does some amazing stringer work!
I finally found some time for my torch today. I work in a law office in downtown Toronto 3 days a week - can't quite give up that wonder of a regular paycheque. I work for the nicest people ever - so it makes it very easy to go into the office. I do miss my torch.
I took this photo in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. I am wondering just how to incorporate it into my beads. We shall see what happens.