Welcome to Mojoglass, my little space on the internet!
I know when I am thinking of buying something handmade, I am always happy to know a little bit more about the artisan who made it. It personalizes it for me...
I figure maybe you would like to know a little about me.
I am Joanne Soroka, head mojo.
After a lifetime as a gemologist, and jewelry designer and with a strong background in drawing and painting, I found myself drawn to glass.
The transparency and sparkle was alluring.
I have been tinkering with sticky sparkly stuff my whole life, and when I needed a piece of replacement stained glass for a cabinet, and started looking at art glass, a new world opened to me. After a couple of years of working with stained glass and mosaics, I stuck my first rod of glass into a flame and that was it. I was smitten!
In the pursuit of learning to work with glass I have travelled to Murano Italy for classes, as well as learning with and watching some of the most talented people melting it right here.
I make my beads in a little studio under ancient, giant pine trees out here in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts.
Each bead I make is a one of a kind. (I couldn't duplicate myself if I tried!) I use glass made from around the world, including Italy, Germany, New Zealand and America.I work in the open flame of a torch. When finished every bead is placed in a digitally controlled kiln to slowly cool down overnight, which assures you a lifetime of pleasure from your glass bead with minimum care.
I am passionate about making beads, and only the finest end up on these pages for your consideration.
This is where it all happens!