First and foremost please accept my apologies for areas of this site that are unfinished it is a work in progress — I do updates when I have time to drag myself out of my studio workshop to put them online.
Welcome to Lighthouse Glass – I hope you like what you see
My name is Vic Kirk and I’m a retired engineer. Glass has always interested me and I have enjoyed working with glass for many years, repairing and making leaded glass panels and then making terrariums as gifts.
In 2010 I discovered the joys of lampwork bead making . I love lampworking because of the chemical reactions that occur when using different types of glass under different conditions. Beads can be made from a wide variety of coloured glass that are compatible with each other, but when used can come out of the kiln looking totally different. The skill is getting them all to match when needed. Part of the fun is seeing all the different reactions from the coloured rods that are used.
Now that I have retired, my wife April and I have opened a retail studio workshop in Astwood Bank, Worcestershire. We run lampwork and jewellery making classes/courses which can be organised to suit your requirements. These are bookable on line. The lampwork studio can comfortably accommodate 2 students. I also provide one to one tuition for people wishing to learn individually. Findings along with my lampwork beads are for sale in the shop and I also do lampworking demonstrations, so if you’re interested come along and see me in action.
April, (Fuchsia Cottage Crafts) and my daughter Jay (Jays Jewels) are both avid seed beaders and have made some of my beads into beautiful pieces of jewellery – these are on sale in the shop so if you’re passing – pop in, and take a look.
If anything on this site takes your fancy or if you think you might want a specific colour combination please contact me so that we can chat about what you want, without obligation of course.
Looking forward to seeing you if you are in the area of Astwood Bank……