July 29th 2015 I just added an amazing amount of new photos to the Gallery Page have fun checking them out. July 29th 2015 Hi this site had a horrible death. :-) while I rebuild it please visit my Facebook Page, Blog, or Etsy Store to see some of my work. I will be spending the next few days rebuilding what I had done and hopefully making it better. Thanks for checking out the site. Tanya
Artist Bio Tanya McGuire
Tanya was born in Flint Michigan and attended high school in Rochester Michigan. Graduating from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Arts, with a second major in Fiber Arts.
She married her husband Jeff who she met while at SIU in 1984 and they have a grown son. After moving many times over the years, they now live in a small town in South Dakota. Over the years, Tanya held jobs in many fields both related to photography and fibers. She managed Bernina Dealerships and worked as a sewing and machine art instructor for many years.
When her son was in school, she began helping out in the classroom and ended up working as a substitute teacher, and then as a teacher’s aide. After a few years as an aid in a behavior room it was time for a change and to follow a new passion…Lampwork bead making.
She began making beads in 2001 after watching a demonstration at a local stained glass studio. Purchasing a basic kit which included a Hot Head torch and a few glass rods, she began teaching herself to make beads from basic instructions, working until she could make simple beads. Although largely self-taught, she has many wonderful friends in the lampworking community who are willing to share what they know, extending her knowledge and techniques. After becoming fairly adept at bead making, she began taking classes from other well know bead makers. In January of 2003 she began selling her beads. Lampworking and jewelry making is now her full time occupation and she sells at shows, galleries, and on the internet.
A member of the Midwest Lampworkers Guild in Omaha NE since its beginning, she is also a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.
Artist Statement Tanya McGuire
I have tried my hand at many types of art from paint and clay, fabric and fibers, to stained glass. My real true love is Lampworking; most of my time is either spent behind the torch or designing jewelry with my finished beads.
Wanting to learn to make glass beads ever since I saw a kit offered in a catalog many years ago, I went to a demonstration at a local glass shop in Omaha, NE. That visit led to the purchase of a torch and the trial and error of my first Newbie beads. Lampworking has become a true passion and I don’t like it when I miss a day of making beads.
Lampworked beads are made by taking a rod of glass and melting it in the flame of a torch then wrapping that hot molten glass around a steel mandrel. The bead can be decorated in many ways, and shapes are limited only by ones imagination. The finished bead is then annealed in a kiln for strength and durability. Turning a set of beads into a finished piece of jewelry just adds to the creative possibilities of this medium.
My current work involves making a lot of parts and pieces that fit together to make a bolder statement. This includes cone shaped flower pieces with long spikes that come out of them; or disc shaped poppy flowers that stack and work together to make gardens. The newest of these parts and pieces is a series called Stone Age. The beads appear all etched and weathered even if they are the bright colors I seem to gravitate toward. I’m always working on new ideas, designs, or challenges with my lampwork.