I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Larissa Gordon / Elysabeth Underhill, also known as Lissa).
- 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