Hello and welcome to Susan Stanford.com, your source for information on Alaska Lampwork Glass Beads hand-crafted in Sitka, Alaska.

I am an Alaskan artist, specializing in creating 'one of a kind' Alaskan Lampwork Glass Beads.

I began my creative work in 1979 as a furrier at our homestead on Bare Island near Kodiak, Alaska.

For 15 years I created fine fur hats, baby mukluks, slippers, and ear muffs.

Like many of Alaska's artists, I found inspiration in the land I was so fortunate to live and work in, and in the multitude of resources Alaska provides. Many of these natural mediums soon were part of my art and work.

I began making a wide variety of jewelry with combinations of Alaskan Salmon skin, beads, silver, semi- precious stones and fossilized Alaskan walrus ivory.

As my ideas and creativity grew, I began making 'one of a kind' numbered antler baskets that were sold in fine art galleries through out Alaska.

Then, on one of my annual pilgrimages to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show I took a class on making lampwork glass beads. My life has not been the same.

Since then I have changed my creative focus to primarily lampwork beads, finding the wide variety of creative techniques and design options with them to be very inspirational.

In addition to creating beads to use in my jewelry pieces, which can be seen at many fine arts stores throughout Alaska (see links), I also create custom-made beads for customers.

These are 'one of a kind' beads, made in colors of your choice, and/or, out of materials that you provide.

Perhaps you have a beautiful stone that you picked up during a trip with friends. I can take that stone and use it in your design for a memento from your trip; Do you have a place that is special to your heart? Send me stone or sands from that area and I can use them in your memento bead.

If you have a special bead that you'd like to have made for yourself or a loved-one, just give me a call or e-mail me at susan@susanstanford.com.

Thank you for visiting, and if you have any questions pertaining to lampwork beads that you are working on yourself, or would like to have special-made, please be sure to give me a call, or e-mail me.

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