Welcome to the Saint Louis Lampworkers Society

June 23, 2012

The SLLS is dedicated to the art of lampworking; making glass beads in an open flame. The Society provides resources and educational forums for those in the region interested in learning more about lampworked beads.

About the SLLS
Beginning in 1999, a small group of St. Louis glass beadmakers met in what became the foundation of the Saint Louis Lampworkers Society. With the goal of sharing knowledge, ideas and resources, the group formally organized in 2002. Meeting schedules, demonstrations and art shows were the main topics of discussion in those formative meetings. By March 2003, the SLLS had 37 members and an organized approach to an annual bead show with sponsorship from two of the local bead stores that cater to lampwork artists. Today, the SLLS continues to support the founding ideals of increasing awareness of the art, sharing resources and providing a forum for local lampwork artists to share their experiences and knowledge.


Glass Galore 2016

September 13, 2016

The St Louis Lampworkers Society will be holding their annual show, Glass Galore:

October 15, 2016   09:00am – 04:00pm

Location:    St Paul’s United Church of Christ

5508 Telegraph Road

St Louis (Oakville), MO 63129

Come a shop for hand made glass beads, jewelry, button, art work.

We ask for a $2.00 donation at the door for Beads of Courage.


Marble Crazy 2015

March 9, 2015

During our last SLLS meeting we were discussing lampworking events to go to. One we had discussed was Marble Crazy. It is a three day annual event in March. The first two days are at Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas (close to Kansas City). Those days there are 20 or so marble artist who demo marble making throughout the day and also sell marbles. This year one of our SLLS members, Fred Linders was a participating artist. Pictured below is the demo marble he made there. You can also watch the Marble Crazy on Youtube. The third Marble Crazy day is hosted by the Kansas City Marble Collectors Club at a local hotel, where you can buy antique or contemporary marbles. They also have marble identification. Marble Crazy 2015 is over, but you may want to attend 2016. Check out Moon Marbles’ website for more info.

Fred MC 2015 Marble 25%

Happy New Year

February 9, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 . The calendar has been updated with current information.

If you wish to host a meeting, Please contact us via email     sllsmembership@gmail.com.

With the new year we say Thank You to Marilyn Roberts for her service as president and welcome Tom Lahue as our new President.

Please mark your calendar for Glass Galore April 18th, 2015 at the Kirkwood Community Center.



Fire Festival

October 22, 2013

November 2nd the St Louis Lampworker’s Society will be demonstrating lampworking at the New Haven Fire Festival.

Come out to the event from 9am to 5pm is an art and craft show.

6pm to 9PM the Fire and Ice Sculpture will be light along with a burning man and fiery pumpkin trebuchet.

Glass Galore 2013

September 9, 2013
Bring this card for an extra raffle ticket.

Bring this card for an extra raffle ticket.

The June meeting will be a Joan’s,

May 27, 2013
  • Jim is Bar-B-Quing. If you don’t want burgers or chicken, bring it and we will throw it on the grill.
  • Please bring a side dish or desert,
  • folding chairs, and cold drinks are a good idea.
  • If you want to contribute beads for Beads of Courage, please bring them. If we make them here they will be annealed and the group’s beads mailed by  the Society.
  • Torches will be available for making Beads for Beads of Courage and/or demoing any tips and trips you’ve picked up recently.

 Note: we do have a small dog.

Also note: this is a non-smoking home.

Contact Us for more information:

Loss of a true friend

May 8, 2013


The SLLS is sad to announce the death of our member Daphne M Runge.
Daphne was involved in a head-on collision on highway 47, May 2md 2013.
Services were held on Wednesday May 8th.
Please keep her family in your prayers and thoughts as they work through this tragedy.
Memorials can be sent to Old Monroe Bank in Troy MO,, for the Runge Children’s Fund.