Darleen Nixon is a lampwork glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. Escaping a 20-year career in the corporate world of marketing and advertising, Darleen began to look for other venues to express her creativity. From watercolors to weaving, her fascination with the blending of color and texture culminated with her discovery of the medium of glass. Darleen has been making lampwork beads since 1998.
Darleen resides on San Juan Island off the northern tip of the state of Washington. Inspired by the incredible splendor of the ocean and natural landscape of the island, Darleen's designs often incorporate glass, and fine silver or gold to reflect the beauty and complexity of the Pacific Northwest.
Each bead is a unique result of the meeting of glass, flame and the hands of the artist. Darleen sculpts the design over an 1800-degree torch building up layers of imported Italian glass. The beads are then cooled slowly for hours in a kiln to remove the stresses induced by the manipulation of the glass. The result is art glass beads that will be heritage pieces.