About Us

Hi everyone…thought maybe you’d want to know a little bit about me. I have been lampworking since around 1996. Before that I was a jewelry designer, selling at art and craft fairs. I love beads and jewelry! It all started when I was very young. My grandmother had a huge collection of the now antique gemstone brooches, rings; clip on earrings and necklaces, as well as beads galore. I fell in love with the sparkles and jangles and would go through her endless boxes of pretties, trying them on and asking to keep everyone of them. She was so gracious she allowed me to take some apart and redesign them into my own creations. It was a time with her that I will always cherish and never forget. She encouraged me to pursue my dreams and that dreams do come true when you apply yourself and follow your heart. Here I am now following my heart….the dream lives on every day as I wake up with my family and start my day making beads.

Life is about knowing who you are and who you want to be, always striving to achieve higher goals. I put my heart into everything I do and that is why it is so important to me that you love every bead you receive from me. As a previous jewelry designer, I tend to make beads in sets and think of the jewelry possibilities as I make your beads. I do like various styles but specialize in pixie dust, reduction frits and powders, fine silver wire, along with the various metals. My favorite shapes are round larger light weight hollows with matching sets, sculpted flowers in various styles, leaves and latticino discs. Being self-taught, I am always discovering new techniques and making new beads, so there is always something new here.

I want to thank everyone for supporting my beads and supporting our family. I make beads fulltime which allows me to be home with the kids but I am traveling more and more to teach and visit other local ISGB chapters.  If you are looking to learn lampwork send me an email. Please see my “instruction” page and email me for openings. Please see my very own tool lines, as well as my book "Creating Lampwork Beads for Jewelry". My second book "Art Bead Jewelry, Seasons in Glass" is available now as well.

Enjoy  your beads, let them bring a smile to your face and know that every day is new and you are special! Thank you so much for your support!

Karen Leonardo

Karen Leonardo