I love lamp work beads

I have always loved  bright colored lamp work beads.  Bright lamp work beads remind me of the candy colored umbrellas on the beach. Living a mere 10 blocks from the beach growing up has inspired many of my designs.  I love wearing my colorful creations with a white t-shirt in the summer, it is a reminder to have fun and enjoy the summer pace. I have been collecting  lamp work beads and other art beads for a bit from various artists. The pictures below feature beads from Cassie Donlen, Kerry Bogert of KABs Concepts and Heather of HMB Studios.  I  made these  new pieces to go in the Artisans Gallery Shop at ArtSpace in Herndon. I will try my hand at making lamp work beads  this fall when I take an ArtBliss Class with Kerry Bogert.  I hope I like making the beads and I am not all thumbs, but either way I will continue to collect these l beautiful beads and use them in my designs.  What is your favorite type of bead to design with or wear?