Jewelry by Joan Hain
The characteristics of glass has always fascinated her. Joan’s inspirations are guided by nature. Reflections on different colors and textures that reveal themselves in our world such as the sparkling waters of the Caribbean and the different colored layers of earth exposed at the Grand Canyon. Once she managed enough skill do to lamp work forms that she enjoyed the question was what to do with these beads? How to creatively put them to use? Joan started making jewelry for friends and herself.
Her lampworked beads are handmade with Moretti Italian glass and combined with copper, silver or gold. She appreciates the magic that happens under the heat of a torch. Colors are produced by different chemicals and combining them can produce a third color. The beads are then annelid in a kiln for extra strength. Some beads are acid etched for a matte texture. Each bead is one of a kind. Vintage beads are also used. A graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA Joan went on to share what she loves, the visual language or making of art. Retired after 36 years of teaching, she now has time to play in the studio with other mediums.