Handcrafted Lampwork Beads and Jewelry
by C. Melissa Buckey

About the Glass Artist
C. Melissa Buckey

With years of experience in the precise science of structural engineering, I discovered my passion for jewelry design in 2002 and began lampworking just one year later. I was immediately captivated by the torch and began sellling my jewelry at shows and events around Columbus, Ohio. I eventually expanded to art festivals all over Ohio and will now be traveling to select venues in other midwest states.

I enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to transform simple rods of colored glass into unique and original lampwork jewelry so that no two creations are the same. To me this is the marriage of art and science ~ the art of drawing on glass with glass in the flame of a propane and oxygen torch. Each lampwork bead is individually created in my home studio in Powell, Ohio. My creations are featured in pendants, bracelets, necklaces and earrings and are also available in sets for others to share in the creation of one of a kind jewelry pieces.

In addition to my own hands-on explorations, a handful of gifted artists have provided me with invaluable knowledge and inspiration. In September of 2004, I traveled to Colorado to study bead making with Corina Tettinger, a prominent bead maker and author. In 2005 I attended a class with well-respected wirework expert Connie Fox, who offered instruction not only in jewelry construction but in color selection and balance as well. In 2006 I studied with Stephanie Sersich and Lisa Niven Kelly, learning both of their unique jewelry styles in fiber and wirework, respectively. Melanie Moertel, a German lampworker, taught several classes in Florida in October 2009 and I was fortunate to have been in attendance.

With this knowledge and my own creative vision, I design using many techniques such as wireworking, knotted fiber, and simply strung. I use only the finest quality materials including precious metals which are accented with sterling silver, crystal, and other unique beads. I believe in exceptional quality and distinctive design, and I create every piece to reflect these highest of standards.

CHG Studios
Powell, Ohio 43065

© 2005-2016 C. Melissa Buckey.