Bead for the Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum in Japan. Photo by Artist.
Julia Landecker began her journey into the glass world when she took a stained glass class in 1997. She immediately began prolific production of orignial works, and she assumed she would continue to do so when she moved to Sicily, Italy in 2001 with her glass working tools and literally a ton of glass.
However, on a short holiday to Venice Julia made a pilgrimage to the island of Murano, the glass blowing capital of the world.She stepped off the vaporetto (Venetian water bus) and walked right into a bead shop for a life-changing experience.The shop was owned by renowned Venetian bead maker Davide Penso and she spent an hour mesmerized as Davide created exquisite glass beads.Julia returned to Murano numerous times during her time in Sicily, where she trained with Davide and learned the 500 year old art of Venetian bead making.
Julia uses inspiration from her travels and from nature to create her beads. Most commonly seen in her work are artistic representations of sea urchins, jellyfish and planets. When creating beads based on nature she intentionally varies a bead from one side to the other to create blemishes such as fine silver inclusions or bubbles to add interest. As the bead moves and turns while it is being worn, a finished piece may change its appearance considerably.
Because the intense heat and various chemical reactions change the colors of the glass, the finished bead is always a surprise when it comes out of the kiln several hours later.Julia takes her finished beads and combines them with shimmering freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver or gold vermeil findings to make one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings.
Julia is currently living in Okinawa, Japan and her most recent artwork is becoming influenced by Japanese artwork and bead making techniques.
“I love to travel and beads are like an international language; they’re part of every culture.They make wonderful gifts because everyone understands them.These beads are special because of the time, passion and skill that goes into making them.”