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Melissa Crook, a native of South Carolina, studied Architecture and received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She balances her career in Corporate Real Estate Strategic Planning with the creative freedom of glass. In her teens she worked in stained glass and began creating Lampworked glass beads in 1997. The beads are shaped in the flame of an oxygen/propane torch using Italian glass with precious metals. The beads are annealed to strengthen them, though the fragile nature of the glass remains.
Lampwork glass is a process that has been practiced since ancient times. Beads have been traded and sold for centuries. I am honored to continue this tradition that is so rich in history around the world. Lampwork refers to the process of using a torch device to melt and shape glass. The original torches used in lampwork were an oil fueled “lamp.” The typical torches used today are fueled by an oxygen/propane mixture. This process is now often referred to as flamework and or torchwork. Lampwork is a process used to create beads and art as well as scientific and chemical tools.