Today's featured artist is Doris Stumpf. Her studio name is Glaszwerg. Before we get on with the interview, let's take a look at some of Doris' spacer beads:
What do you make? What or you known for?
I discovered lampworking 2009 and it's still a great experience to create figures, animals or beads. I think I am known for my green dragons and other colorful beads - I am not able to use only one color!
I am at my torch each evening if it is possible. I often listen to music but I prefer audio books, especially fantasy stories with animals like Warrior Cats or Dragon.
I burned 3 fingers because I caught a great bead before falling down on the floor. It took some seconds to recognize it could be much more important to save my fingers than the bead. Another story happened about one year ago: my nail (I have got long acrylic nails) flamed on like a cigarette lighter because I worked with a very short rod (it was my last one in this color!). I looked at the nail, blew it out and worked on - I was lucky because nothing happened: no broken bead and no treatment! I got more bad experiences in the kitchen than at the torch ;-)
What was the hardest skill for you to learn how did you overcome? Any tips to share?
I was not able to make lovely little encased flowers for a long time. Stringer work for my animals was never ever a problem for me. Encasing was working too - but flowers? I had problems to sort the little leaves. With the tutorial of Jaqueline Parkes I understand - don't know why but after reading it, I went to the torch and it worked! Now I make every day a bead with flowers (and frog or dragon). It is important to practice each skills and sometimes you have to learn, it is not important to make everything.
I love to wear long necklaces with one big pendant like a bead with a frog, a mushroom... - it must be colorful, thats the most important thing for me.
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