Julie Bahun is a self-taught lampwork and silver artist who has been creating beautiful glass beads and sculptural art for over 20 years. Her home studio is located in Potomac Falls, Virginia. Julie’s art has evolved through her passion and dedication to the study of glass.
In 2015 Julie was one of 12 international artists selected to participate in Hands of the Maker I: Wearable Treasures, a juried exhibition sponsored by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). This traveling exhibit opened in July 2015 and will be showcased at a number of studios and art schools in the United States over the next year. Julie was a featured artist during the grand opening of the GRACE Gallery in Reston, Virginia.
As a published artist, Julie has written a tutorial in the November 2015 edition of The Artisan Jewelry Times and had work included in the 2014 edition of The Soda Lime Times. Her art will be in The Art of Glass – Flameworking Volume 1 which will be published in spring 2016.
Julie has taught at several venues in the area including The Stained Glass Studio located in Chantilly, Virginia and The Bead Shoppe in Warrington, Virginia. She has demonstrated her techniques to the members of the Virginia Firebirds, Mid-Atlantic Glass and Fire Chapters of the ISGB, and in the Western Loudoun Studio Artist Tour. She is a participating member of the Metro Glass Artisans, a group of nine glass artists who display and sell their art at numerous venues in the Washington, DC area.
My designs are created from images that move me: waves crashing on the beach, the warm colors of the end of summer, or a field of flowers. With a focus on technique, I build a sound foundation for each glass creation. Each piece is made with a balance of shape, texture, and color. In the end, my work is an expression of my ideas in a beautiful and well-crafted piece of wearable art.