A little about the beadmaker

My name is Lezlie Belanger, I've been a "maker" since my first  memories. I've explored countless venues, from sketching and painting to sewing, ceramics, sculpture....you name it and I've tried it. I discovered the wonderful world of melting glass working in Virginia Beach with an amazingly talented glass artist, Jeff Beecham at Glass Baron. I was entranced and have been melting glass ever since.  My experience there changed the course of my creative life and I will be forever grateful.
The call of the torch is like a siren song to me, with it's endless possibilities to transform rods of solid glass into a molton  form that can be shaped and sculpted into anything that my imagination desires. The colors of the glass and the way it can transmit and reflect light or mimic a multitude of the colors and forms found in nature is as fascinating to me today as it was the first time I melted glass back in 1994.
As for me when I'm not at the torch, I'm a daughter, mother, sister, wife, and my favorite "title" Nana to three active and adorable grandsons who are growing into the most interesting and amazing people that make their grandma very proud and  blessed to be a part of their lives. I'm also a two time cancer survivor, still battling a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. It's cut into my beadmaking time but my time at the torch is healing, like a meditation and prayer combined and I think perhaps one of the tools that has helped me in the mental and emotional side of my battle nearly as much as all the medical treatments. Thank goodness for the Doctors , nurses, and medical breakthrough in recent years...still counting on more, new, better treatments to be discovered and perhaps a cure one day.
My family has been right with me all the way through this. I'm so lucky to have them! Just knowing I could count on them through thick and thin, to be there for anything I needed. They are the best!  I also need to thank my loyal customers who have sent countless supportive emails and well wishes, prayers, positive energy, and still keep checking to see if I have beads for sale even after sometimes months between anything new.
Now I'm back on track, still getting chemo every three weeks but a targeted type with few side-effects. and constant tests and monitoring. (It's still working ...knock on wood!)
Dealing with cancer, especially a type with a rather dismal prognosis, has made me take things a little more slowly and spend more time with the family and grand-kids, enjoying life, going to their games and practices, and just taking time to smell the roses as they say. I might not have quite as many beads available as I used to but I think I put a little more of my soul into each one I create these days.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them!
Canterbury Keepsakes / Lezlie Belanger

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