I am a self taught glass bead maker. I have been making glass beads in my garden studio since 2005. In 2018 I gained a bright new workshop where I am now able to offer glass bead making classes for up to three people. https://www.annahaywardglassbeads.co.uk/workshops-classes/
I have a passion for making beads and especially enjoy the process of manipulating and controlling glass in a flame. I love colour, so glass is a perfect medium for me as the possibilities are endless. Everywhere I go I look for ideas for colour and pattern combinations. In recent years my jewellery collections have been inspired by seeds and seed pods, butterflies and moths in my garden and on the West Wight Downs.
When I am not at work on my beads or introducing others to the world of glass bead making, I enjoy pottery, paper mache’, embroidery, ballet dancing, walking my dog and gardening.
I also offer bead parties for small groups of people to design and make their own jewellery using my spare glass beads.
In 2011 I won first prize in the strung jewellery category of the GBUK [Glass beadmakers UK] competition and runner up in the mixed media category 2012.
The focus of my jewellery is always on the individuality of my beads, so stringing is always simply done using beading wire, crimp beads, seed beads and sterling silver or silver plated findings (all earrings have sterling silver findings). All jewellery can be made to measure.
Each bead starts as a coloured glass rod, which is melted, manipulated and formed around a mandrel (steel rod) in a flame. Once made, the bead is cooled very slowly in a kiln, this ensures the bead is strong and won't crack or break. Lastly, they are cleaned before I make them into highly individual and unique pieces of jewellery.
I have demonstrated glass bead making at local shows and for several years I have been part of the Isle of Wight Arts Open Studios. https://www.isleofwightarts.com/artist-profile/annahayward/
My shop showcases my core glass bead jewellery designs. For a more extensive range of colours, designs and bead sets, please visit my Etsy shop. http://Etsy.com/shop/annahaywardcreated
All prices include postage and packing. Jewellery is carefully presented in a box with tissue paper before being packaged ready for posting. I regret shipping/postage is within the UK ONLY.
My work is also for sale at: Quay Arts, Chessell Pottery Cafe and La Wode.