L i s a K a n D e
s i g n s
about the artist
there! Thank you for being curious enough to read a little about me.
Even with my love for drawing and the desire for artistic expression, I found myself pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. I had a knack for mathematics and did well with anything analytical. As a child I also enjoyed taking apart small electronics, playing with the parts and then putting them back together. I was a bit tom-boyish! My parents said engineering was a more "practical" means of making a living than becoming an artist. As a devoted daughter, I listened to them. But, now that I'm all grown up (sort of), I am finally pursing my life's dream in making my artistic expressions the "practical" means of my livelihood.
I grew up in Southern California with both parents deeply immersed in the fashion/textile industry. I had many opportunities as a child to visit the LA garment district. Textiles - fabric colors, designs and textures have greatly inspired and influenced my art. My work is also inspired by nature, ceramics, stones (lapidary), Japanese arts and aesthetics, and Victorian-Art Nouveau jewelry.
With the help of this website, you'll be able to
view some of my work showcased in the gallery.
Many of the beads in the
lampwork gallery show the metamorphosis of my
style through the years. You'll also find that I work in several mediums (sometimes at the same time) to keep
my artistic edge constantly challenged - from lampworking to metalsmithing
to enameling to PMC to wireworking to beadweaving, etc. It will be
interesting how all this develops, as I explore each respective artistic medium,
and make new discoveries along my creative journey.
In 2004, I focused on developing my skills in the metal arts with the eventual goal of melding glass and metals via enameling. The developments were so very exciting but required lots of time, hard work, education and dedication. In 2005, I decided to set aside metalsmithing and enameling for the time being to return back to what's most important to me - glass. A person can only do so much, with definitive time, even if I have a thirst for knowledge and want to learn everything! There will be a time in the future where all these mediums will be combined into a grand new exploration.
Although I consider myself predominantly self-taught in lampworking, in July 2005 I began taking specialized workshops with Michael Barley, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons and Kim Osibin to fine tune my skills. In July 2006, I was fortunate to finally meet and watch Kristina Logan, the "dot queen", work in the flame. These extraordinary artists and gifted teachers have provided me with much insight into their glass worlds. There is so much more to learn and explore in glass. I will continue to hone my glass techniques and skills even more in years to come.
Melting glass IS my primary love, however all mediums I find myself working in are all interrelated, keeping things interesting, as well as me very busy. There is simply not enough time in a day to create! I have a gazillion ideas and projects waiting to be made. Sometimes these ideas take many years before they are formalized. The only restriction is finding the time to do everything. Having the right equipment and tools are also very important to me that I spend endless hours researching before making a purchasing commitment. I believe with the right tools, the right materials, the right skills and the right knowledge - the final creation will speak for itself.
manipulating glass in front of a HOT torch (up to 1700°) fed with propane and oxygen, then watching the
like honey! It's amazing how some of these beads can turn out, as it
can sometimes be difficult to distinguish colors and the designs when you have a hot gather of glass in
front of you. You have to think a mile a minute. One wrong move or a
little too long in the flame and
that's it. There are rarely any second chances when dealing with hot glass.
Precision, control, technique, focus, patience and meticulous care to details are attributes
one needs to master. With metalsmithing, there's nothing like pounding on some metal after a long
frustrating day. I think I am just like a moth to a flame. And with both lampworking and
metalsmithing, I have fun playing with fire to make
beautiful things! And... making beautiful things have always been the drive and focus of my art.
This means time and attention to the details, small and large, using the finest
materials for the respective design. I DO MAKE ALL of the glass
beads you see on this site from a variety of glass. My beads look
precise because of my technical background and training in quality standards.
I'm very exacting once I've perfected a technique, the methodology and am
somewhat of a "perfectionist" in my work. I am my own most critical critic!
You will NEVER see a bead offered that I would not personally use myself.
My biggest challenge and achievement to date though was finally announced on the site November 2007. I don't know how I did it but I managed to keep the project, for the most part, secret - except to close friends and family. I had been writing, designing and beading from August 2006 to June 2007 for my first book, Bead Romantique which is published by the good folks of Interweave Press (April, 2008). All this done while also exhibiting nationwide. Even with so many ideas floating in this mind, it was the biggest challenge to switch hats from glass to seed beads, between shows and balance time. So, things are progressing very well but there is still yet much to accomplish. I have so much more I have yet to learn, create or write about. Where will this creative journey take me next? Only time will tell with continued hard work and focus! I will always give you my best.
I keep a VERY busy schedule (what's sleep anyways?) which makes me focus and value the time I spend creating in the studio! Even when I am not in the studio, I am constantly researching and contemplating the next creation. I also spend a lot of time being the webmaster and photographer for this site. The rest of my "spare" time is used for writing and designing jewelry for publication. I don't generally sell my finished jewelry at this time (2008), as I am busy creating them for publication and generally like to keep the samples in my portfolio as well as for show displays but you can recreate the designs on your own since I've shared them through the various publications I write for. Periodically, I do have extra finished jewelry samples from my articles and will offer them on the site. If I can sneak in other hobbies like cycling, running, knitting, cooking and reading, I do. Basically every waking second, minute and hour is utilized for creative exploration! Because of this I DO NOT accept custom orders (even on past creations). The catalog showcases the bead styles I am currently making which can be ordered by emailing me when I open the show stock periodically between shows, purchased at bead shows or stores that carry my work. I am constantly developing new beads and products too. You will also find an assortment of other beads (i.e., borosilicate strands) and prototypes at shows which are not offered on the site. I believe by allowing any artist the freedom to create and experiment, letting their muse be the guide to their visions, the artist will perpetually evolve and flourish.
Thank you for stopping by to read a little about how all this madness got started and where I am going next. I hope you enjoy my imagination, artistic interpretation and creativity in each of the tiny glassy treasures I make. I hope you are inspired to discover and explore your creativity from the articles and projects that I write. Bead Creatively.
From my visions to reality... there are infinite possibilities.
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