Hello and Welcome! My name is Ann Tudor and I am artist working in lampwork glass and surface pattern design and a knitter. Making and creating has always been part of my life and it has taken me down several artistic paths.
Lampworking or torchwork has been a main focus for many years. I love working in the medium. It is like painting with molten glass.
My mother was an amazing seamstress. She could sew just about anything, she even made a miniature version of my wedding dress that fit a Barbie doll! I was not very interested in sewing when I was young but I was always fascinated by the fabric. In the 1990's when scrapbooking became a thing, I wanted to make the paper that was used more than doing the actual scrapbooking but had no idea how or who did that sort of thing. I now know that is called Surface Pattern Design and I absolutely love making patterns with a fun whimsical look that are cheerful and happy.
Jewelry making has been a major part of my creative journey. Many years ago, I took a two hour glass bead making class at my local stain glass store. The technique is called Lampworking or Torchworking. Basically a rod of colored glass is melted in a torch and formed into different shapes. I fell in love with the process and started melting glass whenever I could. Eventually I started making beads for other jewelry designers, bought a bigger torch and moved into my home studio, otherwise known as the garage! I also had jewelry pieces included in several publications, such as Bead Unique and Belle Armoire.
November 2012 I left my “day job” to become a full time jewelry artist, or so I thought! On my first day of self employment, a friend took me to lunch to celebrate. As we were talking, I told her about a project that I had in my head. My idea was to make glass fish and put them inside a glass container and make a no maintenance aquarium. She asked me to make one for her to put on her desk at her new job she was starting in two weeks. After several tries, I figured it out and it started an entirely different path for me. I started doing Art Shows and selling in local art galleries. But shipping the pieces was a real challenge so my market was limited.
As I was trying to get this new found art business going, I joined a business group that had many knit and crochet designers, indie yarn dyers and fiber people. One of them asked if I could make a sheep stitch marker. Since I am a knitter myself, it was very important to me that they be snag-free, light and functional as well as cute! After many tries, I made my first stitch marker. So again, after a suggestion from a friend, things started shifting very quickly. Soon more and more people wanted them and eventually focused on stitch markers and progress keepers!