Sunday, November 25, 2007

So, who am I, anyway?

For the inaugural post, I'll start with an introduction. (As Julie Andrews Says, The begining is a very fine place to start!)

My name is Lloyd Osborn and I've been working with hot glass for nearly 4 years. I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown by since my first lampworking class where I learned to make simple round beads. I'm known as Burning Scentsations on several auction and forum sites, as well as on my web site:

Before I go any further, let's define Lampworking for those who may not be familiar with the term.

Lampworking is the processes of melting and manipulating glass in a [blow] torch. The term originates back from ancient times where the glass was melted using oil lamps and a bellows which forced oxygen into the flame in order to make it hot enough to melt the glass.

Here's a picture of me making a bead on my original torch (I use a different model now, but I'll save that for a later blog entry).

Now, back to the introduction, already in progress.

I live in Roselle, IL which is a suburb of Chicago with my partner, Robert, and our two dogs, Riley and Trance. I create my glass items in my glass studio in the basement. While I also do stained glass panels and windows, my true passion is working with molten glass to create unique beads and jewelry designs.

My designs are ever changing and evolving, which keeps me engaged in my art. While some artists have a very defined style and work on that one style, I like work in many styles. When I sit down at the torch, I'll have a particular inspiration in mind and will work on that design. Sometimes I'll work in several styles in a single session or in one style for several sessions. It all depends on my mood.

I enjoy taking classes to learn new techniques, which are sometimes glass related and sometimes jewelry related. My next class will probably be Chain Maille since I want to create custom chains for some of my larger beads for both men and women.

I work to create the highest quality items for my customers and am not satisfied with "good enough". This leads me to be very critical of my work and others call me "over critical", but that's just the way it is. Wouldn't you rather patronize an artist who is too picky and always working to improve versus one who is just happy with the status quo?

In this blog...

What you'll find in my blog will will vary a bit, again depending upon my mood, but overall I'll try to provide useful information about lampwork glass, tips on what to look for and news about events that I'll be attending or participating in that will be of interest to you, I hope.

Whether you become a customer of mine or just want to learn about the process, you are very welcome. An educated consumer will benefit all of us in the lampworking community (and there are a lot of us!).

More of Me...

If you want to learn more, please check out my web site and shop:

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