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About glassbytammyrae

After years of dabbling in various art mediums, I discovered borosilicate glass and never looked back. Over time, my glass style has remained fairly simple to emphasize the amazing and often unanticipated range of colors and patterns. There are times when I look into boro glass and a little fantasy world appears -- so very unusual and spectacular. My commute to work is pretty short. Via the kitchen to grab my coffee, I go down the stairs often with great anticipation to see what awaits in my cooled kiln left from the previous day's efforts at the torch. Glass is a funny medium - especially the kind I use: borosilicate glass, Corning, Pyrex; different names for the same glass, and those of us in the business refer to it simply as 'boro.' So, when you open that kiln you just never know if the colors will be exactly what you wanted or perhaps a variation. One thing I have learned over my years of doing handmade lampwork glass is that each morning is like Christmas: full of surprises! Since I love surprises -- nice ones, at least -- this works well for me as it is never dull. My first bead making class was at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have had the pleasure to study with many boro greats, including Doug Remschneider, Brent Graber, Sabina Boehm, Milon Townsend and Steve Hagstrom. Now things have come full circle for me as I have had the tremendous blessing to give back and teach at the Bead & Button Convention where I first started to learn about boro. My students really inspire me to keep trying new techniques and to continue to practice, practice, practice -- just as I tell them to do. So life is really quite wonderful here in my little corner of the world. I am blessed to be able to work from home with my loving and helpful hubby. I truly have the very best family and friends both near and far - you KNOW who you are! And how many people have the opportunity to turn their artistic endeavors into their "job"? And let's not forget that sitting behind a lamp work torch is a really great way to pass the long winters here in northeastern Wisconsin!

Regaliz sized Handmade Glass Beads Finally available!

You asked…..have been asking for awhile and now they are here!  I posted them on Facebook last night but before I send a mass mailing here you go!  They are all on the website and available for purchase…….. These super … Continue reading

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Vintage Jewelry from Grandma

One of the highlights of 2015 was attending my son’s wedding to his lovely bride Morgan.     While there, my sister and I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with our cousin Jennell.  Long story but our family … Continue reading

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Beads of Courage Bead Challenge 2015

So this will be me all day today – not that usual really except for what I’ll be creating. Each and every bead that I create today will be donated!  Beads of Courage is an amazing non for profit organization dedicated … Continue reading

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Beads, Baubles & Jewels Television Show on PBS – Tomorrow it’s me!

It’s finally here – my segment is the last one of the series and it airs tomorrow on your local PBS Station! Along with the show’s fantastic host Katie, you get to watch as I create a glass bead on a mandrel…..and … Continue reading

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Appleton Art at the Park and NEW Leather!Art

Recently the Sizzix company teamed up with the talented Jill MacKay to create a line of tools designed to cut leather into fun shapes at home!  I was introduced to this at this years Bead & Button show – a … Continue reading

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Bead Retreat fun!

I was a most fortunate woman to be able to attend the yearly retreat sponsored by my local bead society.  The Loose Bead Society is based in the Milwaukee area and has a really large membership….many that come from miles away … Continue reading

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Memorial Glass Ash Infused Art

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.  ~Author Unknown I have had the honor to create glass pieces infused with cremains for several years now and have been encouraged to offer my services to all of you. … Continue reading

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