Judith Johnston

About Judith

Lampwork Glass bead maker and Jeweller

Hi, I'm Judith, I design and make artisan lampwork beads and jewellery. I live in the glorious city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England. I have been making jewellery since 1998 and started making lampwork beads in 2002. Over the years I have spent many hours locked in the studio perfecting my techniques. You can be sure your piece of art glass jewellery is of exceptional quality and will bring you pleasure for many years.



I love the meditative quality of melting glass in a hot flame, the depth and play of light on colour and the reflections and sparkle of the glass. Often thrilling, likewise frustrating, I love the unexpected, the reactions and the alchemy....no matter how deeply you delve a world of exciting possibility is always waiting.



Art glass beads are created using an ancient technique called lampwork. Rods of glass are melted in the flame using a special torch (the lamp) then the molten glass is wrapped around a thin steel mandrel to form a bead. The bead is worked from the centre out building up each layer with meticulous care and attention to detail. Some of the complex beads can take several hours to complete and often include inclusions of precious metals, cubic zirconia and murrini - tiny chips of glass containing pictures such as flowers, butterflies and fish.

While it is possible to repeat a particular design in molten glass the results will always vary. Some differences in design, shape, size and colour are intrinsic to the glass making process which means that each piece is unique to you and truly one of a kind.



Once the lampwork beads are annealed, cooled and cleaned they can be used to make artisan jewellery. Using traditional silversmith and wire wrapping techniques I combine precious metals with lampwork beads, gemstones and pearls to create unique glass jewellery for you.

Glass jewellery is a joy to wear and extremely versatile, adding that finishing touch to your outfit with individuality and flair. Wear it with anything from your best evening dress, smart office clothes or your comfy jeans and cardi. However you choose to wear it, it will show the world who you are and bring a smile to your face.