FlameArt Glass is based in Picton, New 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,
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 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.
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 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.
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