Mary Lewis of Mary Lewis Designs is a glass bead artist. I was lucky enough to see her at work with her blowtorch at the Tasmanian Craft Fair. It was extremely interesting to watch the process of the torch turn glass rods into molten glass and then see Mary weave her magic and create stunning beads as the end result.
Mary Lewis Designs: US to Tasmania
Mary began bead-making in the United States in the late 1970s. She is now a full time glass artist in her studio in north west Tasmania. As a testament to her artistic talent, the beautiful pieces sold by Mary Lewis Designs are much sought-after, both locally and internationally. Mary’s unique glass beads are made from the finest Venetian Murano glass rods and other specialty glass from around the world.
A good deal of her wearable art creations are one-of-a-kind; and she uses only high quality sterling silver, gold filled or solid 14k gold findings. All of the beads are kiln annealed to guarantee their beauty and durability. Living among the spectacular natural beauty of Tasmania helps to inspire Mary’s artistic journey as she makes amazing patterns on these striking glass beads. Mary’s jewellery includes earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
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