About 10 years ago, I began to use glass in a different way. I began a skill called “lampworking”. This is melting glass over a very hot torch to make and design glass beads. I immediately fell in love with lampworking. It took a LOT of practice and determination, and to be honest, I almost gave up on it. But my will prevailed and I stuck with it and I have no regrets.
Lampworking has become a passion for me. It is very relaxing and therapeutic. I truely enjoy creating every single bead. People tell me all the time, “I wore my beads the other day and I had several people compliment me and ask me where I got it”. With that being said, I created a website, where people who admire my work, can go to view items that I have created.
I have mostly made jewelry pieces to this point, but have recently started using bead-able items in combination with my beads. I love this because I can make much larger beads. The larger beads take much longer to create, but it gives me more space to create special beads and designs.
For the past 3 years, I have been teaching a beginner’s class for lampworking at a local glass shop. I really enjoy teaching the class to students. I love the look on their face when they make their first beads. I also love it because it reminds me of how far I have come with my talent. I show my students the first beads I ever made and the beads I make now. I encourage them to keep practicing and develop a style they can call their own.
I have taken many classes from different lampworking artists from all over the world. I love that they share their techniques and talents with others. I am always eager to learn new things and use their techniques in my own creations.
Please send me an email if there is something special you would like to create together.
My name is Kelly Melegrito-Pridgeon. I have been doing glass artwork of all kinds for over 15 years!
I am a mother of two wonderful girls, and have a gratifying career as a cardiology nurse. I've done many types of crafts in my lifetime, but none of them ever kept my interest….until…I met glass. It started out as a hobby, but quickly became a passion and a way to express myself artistically. I have my art studio in my basement. Here, I started out making stained glass windows and stepping stones.