ARTISTS' COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY
Mimi Huszer Fagnant
Mimi Huszer Fagnant has been a professional craft designer and craft teacher since 1977. Early on, she specialized in quilting, stenciling and tole painting. For 17 years, she worked as a designer at a bead manufacturing factory where she learned the jewelry business, worked with colorists developing bead colors, worked with mold makers and model makers to create new products. Kit design, direction writing and demonstrating was a big part of her job to promote exciting new products and ideas of what to do with the beads. All along this journey, her love for glass was obvious, having a marble collection, blown glass ball collection and a paper weight collection. Well, glass and beads finally collided in 2004, when Mimi started making her own glass beads. This technique is called lampworking or flameworking. Mimi uses a propane and oxygen torch to melt glass rods of many colors. The molten glass is coaxed into limitless shapes using tools and varying the temperature of the glass. Mimi spends much time creating sculptural glass pieces as well as beads. These mini sculptures are used in fairy gardens, mobiles, ornaments and sun catchers. Many of her beads are used as a pendant, such as her trumpet flowers, large shells, sterling lined beads and hearts. Mimi has found her true passion in lampworking. Every time she sits at the torch there is something new she wants to try or further develop, thus her product line is ever changing. Currently her focus has been creating aquarium, underwater and " beachy" themed beads. Most of her work is sold at bead and craft shows, Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, and Village Faire, of Wickford.