TurtleBeads Studio

~  A glass turtle for everyone!  Artglass beads and custom jewellery by Ania Kyte.

~About the Artist...










~ My name is Ania Kyte, and in addition to being a Mom to my two sons, Alexander and Anderson (whose  photo updates you see on the 'News" page), I am also a glass lampwork bead artisan (which means that I use a torch flame to melt glass and make artglass beads). 

~ I discovered a passion for beadwork about 10 years ago, with the help of a good friend named Linda, who started me with a few basics and encouraged me in my progress.  Since then, I have been involved in aspects of beadwork such as: beadweaving, loomwork, and wire-work.

~ On September 16, 2002, I took a class with a local lampwork artisan, and became passionate about the art of lampworking, which involves melting glass over a torch flame to create unique, hand-formed glass beads, one at a time.  For the first five years, I used a very basic set up to create all my beads: a HotHead torch, propane gas, and Morretti/Effetre glass from Italy.   Now, I use a more complex set up: a Nortel Minor torch, along with propane and an oxygen-concentrator for the majority of my work.  I still keep the Hot Head set up on a secondary workstation for teaching classes and for working with Satake glass, a lead-based Japanese glass.  All my beads are kiln-annealed overnight in my "Olympic Murano" kiln with a "Bartlett" digital controller for strength and durability. 

If you are interested in reading more about the early beginnings of my journey into the art of bead-making/lampworking, I was interviewed as the first Featured Artist for an on-line article in 2003: 

"The Beading Times"

Featured Artist Article 

~ Since those early few months at the torch, I have been working towards developing good technique and a unique style - and now, even after several years at the torch, I'm still experimenting with the glass and enjoying the journey... And now, I create unique, custom jewellery using my own beads and high quality materials such as pearls, gemstones, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and gold, so all the work you see on this website has been hand-crafted by me (including the site itself!), and I hope you enjoy my designs.

~ And here are photos of the two turtles who inspired the name for my studio:

Bandit -->  and  <-- Bronte


~ I currently live in the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada, where I take care of my husband, our two sons, our house, two turtles, a hamster, and two tropical aquariums.  I also:

All my best :-) 

~ Ania

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