Francesca DeCaire is an amazing glass bead artist. She’s a fairly new member of Rochester Artisans, and I am eager to meet her in person. I could tell her work was going to be something special from the moment I landed on her website – the colorful glass rods had me interested right away.
I’m getting to know her via email for now but I’ll be swinging by The Hungerford Building for First Friday to visit and see her beautiful glass beads in person.(First Friday of every month, 6:00-9:00 pm, 1115 E. Main St. Rochester, NY, Studio 331.)
Francesca has been an artist for as long as she can remember. Her mom, Dianne DeCaire, was an abstract oil painter and very involved in the Rochester art scene. Clearly the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
Francesca is not only a Rochester Artisan, but very involved in RNEST – the Rochester NY Etsy Street Team.
I asked Francesca to explain a little bit about her creative process. She told me, “I make glass beads, rings, and other various small items through a process called Lampworking. I manipulate glass rods in a flame fueled by propane and oxygen using hand movements, gravity, and tools to shape the glass.”
What’s the comment heard most often about your art?
People often ask me how long it takes to make something. It’s a question that I never answer with few words!
What is one thing people find surprising in how your art is created?
People are often surprised when they realize that each color component and design starts out as a single colored glass rod, usually about 4mm in diameter.
What’s the one tool you couldn’t live without, in creating your art?
I absolutely love my tungsten pic. It’s great for poking and dragging glass.
How has your art changed over time?
I have gone from organic looking to totally over the top cutsie. I’m talking penguin beads cute. Being a new Mom, it’s no wonder.
What’s your favorite part of making your pieces? Least favorite?
My favorite part of the lampworking process is the moment I can pull my beads from the kiln after they have annealed. This is when they have cooled and stabilized, I can finally hold them with my bare hands. Melting the glass is clearly amazing as well. My least favorite is drilling bead release from holes.
When I asked Francesca what her dream project might be, she told me she has so many in mind that she often feels frantic about it. I know a lot of artisans feel that way! She also said one day she’d love to work from a furnace and make large vessels.
And as of only the early weeks of January, she’s already applied to eleven shows and festivals for 2012!