Bonnie Blincoe fell in love with the art of creating hand-made glass beads in 1994 after studying under nationally recognized bead maker Kate Fowle of Washington DC. She has also studied with well known artists Tom Holland, Patricia Sage, and Donovan Boutz.
Bonnie has taught classes in her studio since 1995, and she is a leader in the spread of glass bead making throughout Kentucky. She has taught and demonstrated glass bead making in galleries and schools throughout the state and many of her students have gone on to become recognized glass bead makers. Bonnie is always encouraging others to explore and enjoy the modern version of this ancient form of artistic expression
Glass beads have been made by hand for centuries – the earliest created circa 2500 BC in Egypt. Starting with a propane or acetylene torch and rods of colored glass, Bonnie melts the rods of glass onto a steel rod coated with silica and clay to allow the release of the glass that forms a bead and to create the hole in the center. She layers and embeds colors, patterns and pieces of glass to create complex beads in a variety of shapes, patterns and textures
Bonnie is a member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing program and the Louisville Craftsmen Guild. She has been active in the Society of Glass Beadmakers since 1994 and her work is in the international collection of the Bead Museum in Glendale, Arizona.
Works by Bonnie Blincoe can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.