Ashley Watson fell in love with the art of lampwork glass beadmaking and then enjoyed the challenge of learning the craft of perfecting different shapes and designs. At the point where she wanted to add depth and meaning to her work, she discovered a new process in which photosensitive glass is used to capture photographic images, drawings and text inside the glass. She found herself re-inspired and continues to investigate new territory with her work.
Ashley’s glass beads are made using a process called “lampworking”, melting glass rods in a torch’s flame and then winding the molten glass around a stainless steel rod called a “mandrel.” Ashley incorporates many layers, patterns and colors of glass and uses raised imagery and animals such as frogs on her beads. Her deep concern for animal issues informs her imagery.
Ashley is a juried member of the KY Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the KY Craft Marketing Program. Her work has recently been published in the book 1000 Glass Beads (Lark Books) and has been featured in magazines. She is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers from whom she received a scholarship in the year 2001.
Ashley’s work can also be found at Artique, Lexington, KY; Main Cross Gallery, Lexington, KY; GlassWorks Gallery, Louisville, KY..