The Evolution of a Glass Artist

May 11, 2008

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!

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History of MountainMade

February 19, 2008

About MountainMade

The mountains of West Virginia have long been revered and respected for their role in shaping our history, culture and heritage. West Virginia is located in the heart of the Appalachian Region, a 200,000 square mile area that follows the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes parts of 12 states and all of West Virginia.

While the isolation of the mountains helps to preserve our state’s largely unspoiled natural beauty, it can also make it difficult for our talented artists and craftspeople to gain access to the best markets in which to sell their work.

In the early 1990’s Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.V.) realized that, through the use of technology, West Virginia artists and craftspeople could overcome some of these challenges and gain more exposure for their work by promoting their creations on the World Wide Web. The Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University took on that project and developed the initial web site. In November 2001, the non-profit MountainMade Foundation assumed administration of the program.

The Vandalia Heritage Foundation has renovated the historic structures that house the MountainMade Artisan Gallery and the Country Store in Thomas, WV., the Buxton Landstreet Building and the Peacock Building. Vandalia has embarked on a restoration and revitalization campaign for the town of Thomas, which was once a booming community built upon the prosperity of the timber, coal and railroad industries. Through the renovation of several historic structures in the area, Vandalia is creating attractive commercial real estate, rejuvenating this small-town community and preserving architectural icons for future generations.

With the assistance of the U.S. Small Business Administration , and program income generated by the sales of artisan works, the MountainMade Foundation is able to support and develop the West Virginia arts and crafts small businesses by assisting them with effective marketing of their work, expanding their businesses and increasing demand for their work, to promoting awareness of the distinctive artistic resources our state has to offer. We also strive to educate the public through heritage arts demonstrations and workshops, create jobs for West Virginia and encourage tourism to Tucker County.

MountainMade Gallery of Fine Craft Representing Sweet Dream Beads

February 19, 2008

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 world!

January 5, 2008

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!