Branda Corey was raised in California and spent most of her childhood exploring lakes, forests, and the Pacific Ocean. Her love of nature, combined with her appreciation of rustic finishes and patinas acts as an inspiration for her flamework glass.
Branda took her first flamework glass class in 2010 through the Mineral and Gem Society. Prior to her budding flamework career, she explored the lapidary arts and dabbled with ceramics. Like a moth to a flame, she had her own home studio set up within months.
After exploring the various styles of lampwork glass, Branda realized her heart kept leading her back to organic nature inspired pieces that reminded her of underwater scenes, starry skies, or wooded mountains. Branda also loves bright colors, which often leads her to create whimsical pieces teaming with polka dots and bright murrini cane.
The love of glass goes back generations in Branda’s family. She grew up looking at her grandmother’s extensive glass paperweight collection often wondering how the amazing designs ended up inside the clear glass domes. She also spent her childhood watching her mother create beautiful stained glass windows.
Branda forms her glass beads and handles utilizing an ancient art form called flamework or lampwork. Each piece is created one at a time from rods of soda lime glass. This glass is heated to molten temperature over a special torch and wrapped around a steel mandrel that has been covered in bead release. Many different colors of glass can be used to create one bead. Fine silver leaf is often added to the molten glass to create various color reactions. After Branda is finished shaping the piece, she places it inside a digitally controlled kiln to be annealed or cooled in a controlled environment at a slow pace to prevent thermal shock. This process adds strength and durability, although as with all glass care should be used. These pieces are not intended for children. If you do manage to break a piece, please dispose of it properly.
Branda enjoys creating and donating beads to Beads Of Courage. A wonderful organization that provides arts-in-medicine to children with serious illness.