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!