Mimi Huszer Fagnant Glass Worker, Jewelry

      Mimi Huszer Fagnant has been a professional craft designer and craft teacher since 1977. Early on she specialized in quilting and stenciling. For seventeen years she worked as a designer at a bead manufacturing factory, where she learned the jewelry business. All along this journey her love for glass was obvious, having a marble collection, blown glass ball collection and a paper weight collection. Glass and beads finally collided about 2004 when Mimi started making her own glass beads. This technique is called lampworking.

       Mimi uses a propane and oxygen torch to melt glass rods of many colors and coaxes the molten glass into limitless shapes of beads. Mimi spends much time creating sculptural glass pieces as well as beads. She has found her true passion in lampworking. Every time she sits at the torch there is something new she loves to try or further develop, thus her product line is ever-changing. Her line also includes beads for jewelry makers to make their own jewelry pieces using these handmade beads. Most of her work is sold at bead and craft shows, and at the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly.