The Lilac Wind Art Glass

12 May

Lampworking: The process of making beads using a propane and oxygen mixed-fuel torch to melt glass rods of many colors.

For Rhode Island native, Mimi Huszer Fagnant, lampworking has become second nature. Once her beads are designed, created and formed using no mold, they are then annealed in a computer-controlled kiln for strength and durability

Mimi owns her own Rhode Island studio, The Lilac Wind, where she spends the majority of her time creating beautiful works of art

According to Mimi, “Becoming a great bead maker is similar to becoming a great violinist. It is no accident!”

Aside from the wisdom she has gained through many influential teachers, she spends hours upon hours practicing her skills. As of January 2011 Mimi Huszer Fagnant had spent 8,000 hours working with the torch!

Once her beads are created, Mimi continues her process by designing and making jewelry, turning some of these glass treasures into useful items such as key chains, magnifiers and salad utensils, cake cutters and barrettes. She also turns many of her lampwork glass pieces into Christmas ornaments and buttons

However, her favorite sale is just beads, which allows her customers do as they wish!

Mimi’s product line is ever changing and evolving as she continues to experiment and grow as a bead maker

Check out her work and ask questions about the process and you too will become fascinated by bead making!

Recently one of Mimi’s beads had been chosen by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers to tour the USA and Japan in their show called Perspectives, Traditions and Innovations in Glass Beads. This bead (pictured below) is currently in the Japan Lampwork Society’s magazine called LammagaVol.14.

Mimi has also just been notified by the same group, that another bead, Don’t Judge a Bead By Its Cover (pictured below) has been chosen for their new exhibit, Surface!

Mimi is currently contemplating writing a cookbook entitled Country Comforts from the Hungarian Gypsy and has graciously included a sneak peak for us into one of her recipes!

Mmmmm, mmmm, good.

Diet Tomorrow Ciabatta Appetizer
By The Hungarian Gypsy

Roast Garlic Ciabatta Loaves, unsliced

½ pound each minced salami, pepperoni and ham

¾ pound provolone, minced

8 0z shredded Italian cheeses

1 chopped tomato

Minced garlic

¼ cup olive oil

Pepper dew pickled peppers

1 can olives, chopped

2-3 tablespoons Pesto sauce

2-3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

Slice loaves lengthwise, creating 2 pieces from each loaf. Add minced garlic to about ¼ cup olive oil and spread on bread top and bottom. Place in 375 oven and toast. Meanwhile, mix meats, cheeses, olives, pepper dew peppers, tomato and Balsamic vinegar. Spread loaves with pesto. Load the halved toasted breads with the mixture. Place back in oven to melt the cheese. Cut into 1 “ wide strips. Feel free to vary the ingredients as you wish.

Come out to the Garden City Center Art Festival on June 11, 2011 to see Mimi’s beautiful work in person!

Have a great day!

Festival Fete at Garden City Center is proud to be sponsored by Presenting Sponsor, Webster Bank along with RI MonthlyWhole Foods Market of CranstonNatural AwakeningsGarden City CenterRobyn Ivy PhotographyCat Country-WCTK and Ameriprise Financial.


2 Responses to “The Lilac Wind Art Glass”

  1. monicarodgers May 24, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    This is so cool! I love the bead that got honored – it’s like it’s own little masterpiece!

    • lifesafestival May 24, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks Monica…we have some amazing artists in the upcoming show on June 11th..hope to see you there!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: