lissa_2bI am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism  (SCA), an organization that researches and re-creates the art and skills of pre-17th century society.  Through this organization, and its generous artisans and teachers, I fell in love with the art of lampworking. Since 2012 I have been focusing my attention on learning about historic glass beads, conducting research to help me both recreate those beads and recreate historic methods of making glass beads. I have also created bead strings inspired by historic bead designs and jewelry relevant to the SCA community. I also very much enjoy teaching others about the history of glass beads and how to make them.

This website features a few selected photographs of me and my work, and a sample of the research and documentation I have engaged in to support my recreation efforts.

To contact me, please e-mail laralu@gmail.com (Larissa Gordon / Elysabeth Underhill, also known as Lissa).

Classes Taught:

  • Recreating Historic Beads as a Beginner [handout link]
  • Reproducing Glass Beads Using Archaeological Reports [handout link]
  • Recreating Anglo-Saxon Glass Beads: I used several documents from my arts projects as notes for this class.
  • Introduction to Making Glass Beads


  • “Glass Beads: Beginner’s Theory and Practice,” Tournaments Illuminated, 2015, Issue 194 [article link]
  • “The Social Meaning of Anglo-Saxon Glass Beads” Ars Scientia Orientalis, Volume 5, 2013 [article link]
  • “Philosophies of Recreation”, Ars Scientia Orientalis, Volume 8, 2014 [article link]