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Nightside Studios


About Ralph and Deborah’s work: “Glass vessels (small), sculptural glass beads, copper-plated items and some finished jewelry are featured. All of our work is handmade, by us, in the Bay Area (specifically Downtown California.) Using a flame of over 4000 degrees, glass rods imported from Venice are melted and sculpted into fantasy creatures or blown into small, wearable vessels, suitable for containing ashes, stashes, wishes or genies. Embellishments of copper, feathers, wire and other natural materials add to the delight. Other techniques, such as bead-weaving and copper-plating are employed to create jewelry and objects of wonder. Our work is inspired by the natural world,underwater archaeology and the dark recesses of a fevered imagination.”

Bay Area natives Ralph, and his wife, Deborah, have been creating glass beads and jewelry since 1999. Ralph and Deborah are members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Ralph is our Glass Beadmaking Instructor at The RAC, and he can teach you how make them yourself!

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Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804

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