September 3rd 12-3pm – Morgan Deschaine Lampworking Demonstration
I’m a 29 year old Developmental Support Worker by day and a lampwork artist by night. I am also completing my bachelors of social work! I live in a small town called Amherstburg in Ontario, Canada and Iâve lived here my entire life.
The number one questions I always get asked…. “How did you learn how to do this!?”
My family and I were vacationing in Northern Ontario when we came across an interesting looking motel. Very bright and colourful it caught our attention. We stopped in to check it out, the owner had her lampworking studio attached to the hotel open for wanderers to stop in.
As soon as I stepped foot inside her studio my life forever changed. Her beads and sculptures very bright and whimsical, they amazed me. She was very kind and down to earth, she did a lampwork demo for myself and my family and talked to me about how she worked her magic on the torch. We browsed through all of her beautiful artwork and I bought a lovely orange pendent with a little yellow flower that I still treasure to this day.
I was about 14 years old at this time and I never forgot about this magical art form.
Two years went by and at the age of 16 I did some research and found Essex Stained Glass Studio in Essex, Ontario. The owner, Liz assured me she had a wonderful lampwork artist I could take a lesson with. I saved up my hard earn pennies and took a lampworking lesson!
Of course I was in my glory. It was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me in my entire life. I knew I loved the art of lampwork as soon as I hopped on the torch.