In the SCA, I am known as The Honorable Lady Leofwynne le glasyer, and I reside in the lovely Barony of Caer Mear, located in the fair Kingdom of Atlantia on the eastern seaboard of the United States.
photo by Ursus
I'm on the right. In the armor is my husband, Syr Balynar Thorvaldsson. I've been playing in the SCA for about ten years, taking some time off here and there to grow our family. Originally, my interests included late-period clothing and dancing, but as I spent more time immersed in the Current Middle Ages, I developed an interest -- no, an obsession -- with glass.
I started with stained and leaded glass, and then a chance opportunity to learn lampworking led to my current main area of study, which is historical glassworking techniques and the objects they produced. I am a fairly decent lampworker, but I hope to learn glassblowing one of these days.
I can't say I focus on a particular area or time period. As with my medieval clothing and material goods, I am all over the place -- my current favorite clothing is 14th century cotehardies, but I am in the middle of putting together a Viking-era outfit and goods, and a future project has me contemplating 15th century Spanish attire (and beads!). So my glass research follows a similar line: I have a strong interest in the Roman and medieval periods right now, but I am thinking about putting together a class on Renaissance glass, too.
I've made quite a few glass items from various time periods, as well: some heraldic leaded glass windows, some Egyptian kohl tubes, a cast glass Medusa head, TONS of bead for various projects, largesse, donations to gift baskets and site tokens. My favorite project to date has been making Roman glass finger rings.
Her Grace, Duchess Arielle the Golden commissioned me to make rings in the Roman style for her to give as token during her and Duke Valharic's last reign. It was an honor, and one for which I received a special award, the Award of the Undine.
I currently hold a number of Baronial and Kingdom awards, including a Silver Nautilus, which is a special award for an outstanding piece of artwork. I was given that award for a heraldic window I made for a good friend upon his knighting.
My hope is that you will enjoy and find useful the posts and links in The Medieval Glassworker. Please feel free to contact me at leofwynne at verizon dot net to ask me questions, help me clarify interesting points in my research and writing, or to add your own information to what is published here.