Tatyana Boyarinova is a Russian lampwork artist living in Moscow. I say artist because she is so much more than a beadmaker. She loves sculpture, and many of her creations are tiny, realistic sculptures in glass – a true feast for the eyes!
Not surprisingly, Tatyana has formal art training which shows in her work. She earned a degree in Graphic Arts from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and is a book illustrator. She says that her education in graphic design definitely helps her with her work in glass, and how she discovered hot glass is an interesting story, “After finishing my art university education in art university, I tried to find an interesting material to work with. I tried many – plastic, felting, seed beads… It was interesting, but not what I wanted. I saw many plastic pieces that people had made to look like glass, and I asked myself, ‘why try to make it appear to be glass when you could just make it out of glass?’ That is when I searched Google and found lampwork! I was so happy to know that one of my childhood dreams of working with glass could be realized!” To get the training she needed, Tatyana chose the master lampwork artist, Irina Sergeeva, to teach her, but Irina lived in another city, which made it necessary to travel to study with her. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but Irina was such a gifted artist that Tatyana felt it was worth the trip, and her family agreed, “That was 2010 and in that moment, my life was changed forever! It was four days of beginning classes, and it was something truly magical for me.” “After that, my story is the same as with many of us – I just started working on the torch by myself. Trying. Crying. And trying again and again! And crying again too. It was around six months of working for garbage! But in my opinion, it is the only way to learn! I believe this important phrase is so true: Practice makes perfect! No practice – no result”
During our class I’ll show you my way to get different thickness petals. We will play with colour making one and two-tone petals. We will also discuss more and less suitable glass to make petals. We’ll apply my technique through the example of a rose and a sweet pea.
If the group works fast I’ll show also demo with an iris.