May 2005  - Brad Pearson Demo and Beads

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This is Brad Pearson who traveled to Atlanta from Richmond, VA where he lives with his wife and two children.  Brad moved into beadmaking after years of blowing glass and making laboratory glassware.  His approach to beadmaking and the techniques he uses are influenced by those disciplines.   Brad writes on his Web site that he shared a large studio space" with a blacksmith and a furniture maker where we worked for about 7 years in our respective fields. The wonderful thing about the arrangement in this studio was the sharing of ideas and inspiration that came from working closely together. Throughout this time my glass work began to get smaller and more intricate in its designs. The movement towards beads was a natural progression for my interests. When my daughter was born, I sold the glassblowing studio and built a flame-working studio in the garage at my home. Later we moved to a larger home, and the studio was moved to the basement where it now stands. ...During this time I also worked part time in a wonderful father and son scientific glass shop (Research Glass).Brian and John Bivins taught me the ins and outs of working with Pyrex tubing on a glassblowing lathe. Working within the constraints of technical glassblowing really influenced the direction of my work for 8 years. I got to practice achieving the precision that you see in my work today."  

Robert Simmons took the following three photos which show clearly how Brad attacks his work.  When you wonder at the precise symmetry and intricate designs on Brad's beads, remember how closely Brad watches what he is doing.  His head is often bent sideways so he can clearly see if the glass is being applied evenly, if the dots are equally spaced, if the raking around a large mandrel pulsar bead is always to the same point on the circumference.

Another view of Brad from the side.

   

Here you can see the roller device that Brad uses to rest or roll his mandrel on - another way he maintains symmetry in his work.

 

Shown below are lots of examples of Brad's Pulsar beads.  Thank Debbie Neis for taking most of the close-up photos. 

   

The Web Mama's favorite is the bead on the left because of all the hearts.

    

More Pulsars and one "Relic Bead" - it is the all ivory one on the bottom row.

 Some smaller Star beads

In this beautifully clear photo from Debbie, there are two Pulsars as well as two beads in which Brad uses masking techniques - overlaying stripes and dots with more dots to create all types of patterns.  If you want to see more of Brad's beads look at the Scrapbook page with photos from Brad's class.

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