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About Us





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FlameArt Glass is based in Hope, near Richmond in Zealand and run by a hugely experienced Flamework Glass Artist, Emily Lake.

Between 1978 and 1980, Emily was apprenticed as a Flamework Assistant to Ted Mercer (NZ) and Graeme Higgs (Australia) of  Lace Glass Industries.  There she trained in the use of borosilicate to produce laceworked glass ornaments.

Then between 1990 and 1991 she was apprenticed to Hungarian master flameworker Imre Toth of Bambi Glass, Brisbane where she furthered her skills with borosilicate to make solid glass animal figurines.

Since 1991, Emily has been a self employed full time glass artist,  specialising in borosilicate art glass jewellery. Her work is sold in Galleries throughout the South Island of New Zealand, including Cave Rock Gallery in Christchurch, the Choice Gallery in Picton,  The Elephant House in Auckland and the Two Rivers Gallery in Cheviot.

In 1993, an article appeared showing Emily demonstrating her skills in the Stafford Mall, Timaru.

In 2001 Emily undertook the Glass Beadmaking course at MoreFire Studio in Rochester, NY. (USA) where the tutor was Nancy Tobey. She learnt to make wound beads along with the art of developing borosilicate colour. On that same trip, she demonstrated borosilicate glass pendants at the Fire Company Gallery in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, (USA).

In 2002 Emily attended the Glass Art Society (GAS) conference in Amsterdam and went on to teach a borosilicate glass pendant class at Plowden and Thompson in  Stourbridge, England.

In March 2002, she was the featured beadmaker of the month, in the UK Glass Beadmakers  publication ” Hot Stuff “.
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In 2003 she attended the International Society of Glass Beadmakers Gathering conference in Lowell, MA.(USA) where she demonstrated demonstrated her lace glass techniques and how to apply them to beads. She was one of the beadmakers featured in their promotional video/DVD. On that same trip, Emily ran a borosilicate pendant class post Gathering at TimberWolf Studios, Lawrence MA.(USA).

In 2004 Emily was a participant in the “Flame Off” at the Gathering in Portland OR, USA. Juried into the Borosilicate Bead Bonanza show at Gallery 33, Portland, Oregon, USA.

In February 2005 Emily was a featured beadmaker in a four page article in the Bead & Button magazine. The four pages can be read here: 1 2 3 4.

In July 2005,  pictures of her work were published in Beads Etc and the Australian Beader Magazines and in July 2005 she won Best Beads category, at the Sydney Bead and Gem Show.

Between 2005 and 2010, Emily regularly taught beginning glass beadmaking at the Annie Rose Studios in Whangerei.

In June 2006, she was featured in an article in New Zealand Gardener Magazine and she was a guest artist at the Mairangi Arts Centre in North Shore for their Touch of Glass exhibition. 6 – 29 July 2006.  See pages: 1  2.

In 2008, her local Picton newspaper wrote an article on Emily called "Dancing with the Flame".

In 2011, Emily worked as the Teaching Assistant to Anastasia at the Born to Bead Studio in Auckland. She contiues providing classes to single or small groups of people from her own studio in Picton.

In the last few years, Emily has been producing commissioned items and she is currently undertaking a major cataloguing excercise of available products for this website... see the Gallery section.

Her most recent innovation is that of Memorial beads which encapsulate the ashes of lost relatives.....please see here.

Emily is a current member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) and the NZ Society of Artists in Glass. She owns a significant collection of flame-worked and lamp-worked glass beads from many different artists from around the world.



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