Lea Swantz

Glass jewellery artist Lea Swantz (born in 1961) started working with glass in San Diego, California in 1997. Specializing in lampworking, Swantz has attended numerous master lampworking workshops in the United States.

In 1999 Lea Swantz started teaching lampworking at the University of California, San Diego and also at private studios. Swantz moved to Lahti, Finland in 2002 where she started her own company, Lea Swantz Glass Designs. Swantz produces unique pieces of glass jewellery as well as small sculptures.  In 2003 she opened her second studio and gallery, located in Nuutajärvi, Finland, where she now works and lives. In addition, she is a full-time instructor teaching glass jewellery design at Ikaalinen College of Crafts and Design (IKATA) and she holds workshops in her studio.

Lea Swantz’s glass bead designs and sculptures reflect from her origins. She was born in Tanzania, East Africa, where she lived for 14 years. She has also spent extensive periods both in Finland and in the USA. The influences of these three cultures are clearly visible in her work. The warm earth tones of Africa, the crisp, contemporary colours of Finnish forests and the humoristic approach of her American years are all found in her work.

Lea Swantz says: “My love of glass and my fascination with miniatures evolved onto making small works of art in my glass beads. I discovered that the process of melting glass over a hot flame and meticulously transforming the material into a bead or sculpture is not only meditative, but gives me a creative outlet.”

Swantz has participated in many glass exhibitions both in Finland and abroad, in Estonia, Russia and Denmark. She is also a founding member of the Finnish Glass Society and the Nuutajärvi Gallery Cooperative NuGO.

More information and contact:

Lea Swantz, Lea Swantz Glass Design


lea.swantz [at] gmail.com

+358 46 560 6929

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