Our Team

The Team:  Lisa Atchison, Samma Parcels and Sallie Gurth

Lisa Atchison, Indiana Artisan
In 2003, not long after discovering handmade art glass beads, Lisa Atchison entered the world of lampworking and never looked back. She took a beginners class from Jari Sheese, and was completely hooked with the first light of the torch. 

About the same time, her daughter decided it was time to leave the nest, and unknowingly donated her room for  Lisa's home studio. Her husband was a bit skeptical when she told him that she wanted to plumb natural gas into the room, and purchase oxygen and a torch! Three weeks later the transformation took place. Lisa spent the next few months setting up the studio, and the next two years reading books, practicing dots, stringer control and shaping, trying various techniques, and trying new things.  She then discovered her passion for making organic focal beads. With nature as her inspiration, she strives for a soft, elegant organic style in her beads by using blended flowing transparent colors to achieve depth, cubic zirconia, dichro, fine silver, copper and murrini. A secondary process of copper electroforming, using leaves from her yard, is often incorporated into the bead design.

Lisa loves teaching, and offers lampworking, sandblasting, electroforming and lapidary cold work classes in her home studio, as well at Indy Flame Art Glass Studio.  She is an active member and past President of the Indiana Society of Lampwork and Art Glass Artists (ISLAGA), and a member of the ISGB and the Indiana Bead Society (IBS).

She feels very honored that her glass beads and jewelry have juried into the Indiana Artisan program, and now carry the Indiana Artisan logo.  She feels that lampworking is one of the many blessings in her life, as are the many friendships she has made along the way.

Samma Parcels knew from the age of 6 that she was destined to be an artist.  After traveling the medium stratosphere and using just about everything with which you can creatively use, in 2006, she fired up a long forgotten torch to just make a couple little spacer beads to match a necklace. The rest is history.

Currently working in boroscilicate glass on big girl torches, she has a fidgety muse that keeps her constantly entertained with shells, other oceania, winged hearts, vessels, marbles and more.  Visit her Studiolockdown blog for the latest.

Samma also has a couple in house critics always at the ready. Sha is a senior pup that has very strong opinions and Rodney Lampworkington is a doofy 3 year old English Springer that you have to take with, not a grain, but the whole shaker of salt.

Samma will bring to Indy Flame Art, beginning boro, blown shells and shards, implosions, marbles, blown vessels and more. Small and private classes are encouraged.

Sallie Gurth
Sallie Gurth has had the creative bug most of her life. Her grandmothers, Mildred and Sallie, taught her needlework skills as well as life lessons. Her mom taught her how to make something out of nothing and the importance of doing it RIGHT!  Sallie's father gave her the sensitive genes and opened her eyes to the beauty of all creation, especially giraffes! Sallie's children and grandchildren are special gifts in her life. Her husband, Ron, is her lifeline and soulmate. His support of Sallie's art is a blessing in her life, as his support enables her to focus her creative energy.

Sallie found her creative niche in fire and glass.  She has been lampworking for 4 years and has studied with Jari Sheese, Lisa Atchison, Kim Fields, Cynthia Tilker, Samma Parcels, Emilio Santini and Lucio Bubacco.  She is a member of ISLAGA (Indiana Society of Lampwork & Art Glass Artists) and ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers).
Sallie freely shares her health issues, including multiple sclerosis, to send the message that if life challenges you, there are ways to adjust and adapt your environment to fit your needs, whatever they may be - just BE FLEXIBLE and NEVER GIVE UP!!

Sallie is paramount to all aspects of the operation of the studio.