Hello, my name is Amanda, I design and create lampwork glass beads in my garden workshop in Dorset.

I mostly use rods of Italian Effetre/Moretti soft glass, Reichenbach and some Chinese CIM (Creation Is Messy) glass and the odd recycled bottle, (yes, really!).

My obsession with glass lampworking began after a visit to Murano, Italy a couple of years ago, and I quickly became interested in all things glassy, especially handmade glass lampwork beads. After scouring the internet, I researched and found that for around £150 I could set up my own propane gas torch and starter kit and create my very own glass beads. First of all, I needed some tuition and booked a lesson with a lovely teacher/lampwork artist in West Sussex - Sarah Downton. (www. sarahdownton.co.uk). From there my hobby has escalated and, thanks to my ever-so-patient husband, I now have my own workshop.