International Glass Bead Artist
Manda has been a bead maker since 2005. She began her career after an ‘Introduction to bead making” with Diana East earlier that year.
In 2007, she became one of the first in the UK to line glass beads with Sterling Silver. Mangobeads silver cored beads then known as ‘Buddies’, very soon became collectable in their own right.
Manda now has a unique collection of work and is well known for her eclectic use of colour. Her ‘Folklore Collection’ originally inspired by colours and designs found on the historic canals and waterways of Great Britain are her favourites and represent everything she aspired to when she first began making glass beads. Much of her work now is cabochon based and her Harlequin and Sundial designs sold as pendants and ring toppers have become very collectable.
In 2012 she demonstrated at Flame Off here in the UK, and since then has travelled at home and internationally as both instructor and presenter.
In 2014 she was invited to present her work at the ISGB Conference in Houston Texas.
The classes and workshops she gives have awakened a passion for teaching she never knew she had . The opportunity to share her skills with others perhaps just beginning their journey in lamp work is a constant reminder of how lucky she is to have discovered bead making and the joy it brings with it.
BA Hons Ceramics with Glass
David graduated from High Wycombe BCUC in with a BA Hons in Ceramics and Glass.
Following this he was assistant to Bob Crooks one of Britain’s leading and most highly recognised glassmakers for five years. Whilst working for Bob he developed and exhibited his own work at shows across the country.
David met Manda in 2009 and together they took Mangobeads’forwards in a partnership combining their expertise in all areas of glass.
Prior to his time at University David gained experience working for Vandervell Engineering. This experience has enabled him to design and produce , with local precision engineers, Mangobeads’own range of specialist tools and mandrels. David is also responsible for all the cold work and finishing of Manda’s beads. Any silver work needed is also completed by him to a very high standard, ensuring that mango beads’ reputation for perfection and quality is never compromised!
- British Bead Awards Second Place Winner 2009
- British Bead Awards First and Second Place Winner 2011
- North Devon Art Show Winner 2013
- Craft and Design Makers Silver Award Winner 2014
- Creative Lamp work: Joan Gordon October 2010
- 1000 Beads Lark Publications ( April 2014)
- Glass Line Magazine ( Feb/March 2014 )
- Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair 2009 and 2010
- Made Brighton 2010
- Glass to Wear 2011 – London Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery
- Flame Off UK 2012
- Dartington Crystal UK 2013 – present
- ISGB The Gathering Houston Texas – International Presenter and Instructor 2014
- Trollbeads Accredited Demonstration Artist 2014
- Flame Off UK 2012
- Tuffnel Glass Yorkshire November 2012
- Blue Moon Glassworks Austin Texas March 2014
- The Gathering Houston 2014
- Studio 19 – Diana Easts Studio May 2014
- Facet Design – Holland October 2014
- Vienna ( March 2015)
- Germany ( October 2015)
A Professional Bead Making Studio in Barnstaple, North Devon
The Glass Workshop is fully equipped with 10 Lampwork torches, Oxygen concentrators, glass, tools, expert advice and professional tuition. Courses are run by ourselves and also by visiting Tutors who often travel from across the globe to share their skills and passion. We make sure that we run a range of classes to cater for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the advanced bead maker – Check our Diary for upcoming classes.
Studio Hire is available for those who have attended a taster session at Mangobeads, or had previous lampwork experience.
Creating a Community of Glass and Bead Making Enthusiasts
Our aim is to provide a much needed facility for the growing lampworking community within North Devon. Regular ‘Show and Tell’ nights and additional evenings of interest will enable those with a Flame Working passion to develop themselves and their skills with other like minded enthusiasts. Studio Hire is also available.
We feel passionately about Glass and Bead making. We hope to raise the profile of British Lamp workers, their skills and their work, and to dispel the poor reputation that mass production and cheap imports has created. We are confident we have enough combined experience to help educate people in an ancient craft that deserves recognition for being skilful, artistic and unique.
Certified Instructor for the International Society Of Glass Bead Makers (ISGB)
I am a member of the ISGB (International Society Of Glass Bead Makers) and am listed on their registered list of Instructors Worldwide. Our Beginners Tuition closely follows the recommended curriculum as set out by the ISGB. For more information about the ISGB, please visit their website.