I originally was introduced to glass bead making when my mom suggested that we take a class together at Cedar Lakes Craft Center in Ripley, West Virginia. My sister had gotten her a book from the library on glass bead making and it sparked her interest. She had been a White Oak basketmaker for years and had built a national reputation, when she became unable to continue making baskets due to joint problems in both hands. She showed the book to me and I too became interested. We went to the class at Cedar Lakes in May of 2005, taught by John Winter, and both fell in love with lampworking! Luckily, we were able to put our money together to set up a studio in Mom’s basement, and we set to work! We practiced for the next 3 months before taking a second class in September with John Winter at Cedar Lakes. I feel extremely grateful to my mom, Andrea Hoglund, for getting me involved with glass beadmaking. The fact that we were able to set up a studio together and do some shows together really helped me get my start. I would never be where I am today, if it weren’t for her. She continues to inspire and challenge me to this day!
Sweet Dream Beads is the business I share with my mom, Andrea Hoglund. Last year, she and I were juried in to Mountain Made Gallery. MountainMade’s main gallery is located in Thomas, West Virginia, which is near the major ski destinations Timberline and Canaan Valley! The gallery is gorgeous and I encourage everyone to visit if you are within a couple of hundred miles or so… …and not just because they are representing us and carrying our work! We are very honored that they carry our work. I’ll be posting some pics of work that they’ve just purchased from me for your viewing enjoyment! Also, check out MountainMade.com!
Hello everyone! I’m new to blogging, so bear with me! Wild Rose Lampwork is a name I coined when trying to come up with a catchy business name that means something to me… I’m Rose, and I’m from “Wild & Wonderful” West Virginia, and I think that if I were to be characterized as a particular type of rose, it would be a wild variety.
I’m going to post a history of my lampworking career [sic] and put it in a bit of context with regard to my life’s trajectory. This might be interesting to someone besides just me! Maybe I’m not the only over-educated, unemployable lampwork artist that I know!