Ok, I want to start out by saying first. NONE OF THIS WORK IS MINE.
No confusion - this is stuff I BOUGHT at Tucson.
Tucson is, every February, host to countless number of bead, gem, jewelry, mineral, and rock shows. Literally countless - they pop up like mushrooms. Or cactii, as they don't have enough water in Tucson to grow mushrooms, but you get the idea. More on the shows themselves in a later post.
I just wanted to show you some of the lampwork that I purchased there because it's really freaking fabulous.
This is the haul.
This Vortex marble - look at the depth in that!
(Their website appears to be not-working at the moment, their facebook page is clearly abandoned. However, if you google "eli josh tim mazet" you'll find lots of other people talking about them - all of it good.)
These "fire opal" pieces (the one on the left is a ring, on the right is a bead) are wonderful - the colour is absolutely as fabulous as it looks here. These are by Jenny Friske-Baer, of Divine Spark Designs. Her website does work!
And these breath-taking beauties are by Joy Munshower - the Tile Goddess. (Her website also works!) Really - nothing needs to be said about how awesome these are. Except that she has more stuff that is equally awesome and you should go buy your own.