Rita is easily distracted by bright, shiny objects and John likes to play with fire. Hey! Lets put the two together and see what happens. I’ll tell you what happens . . . you get a real Pain in the Glass . . .

Rita is a graphic designer / illustrator / web designer with an interest in antiques and collectibles. Her interest in beading came from necessity. She needed to repair a beaded fringe on an Arts and Crafts lamp. Then she realized she needed reading glasses, and if you need reading glasses, you need a chain to keep them around your neck. Not satisfied with what was available, she made her own from commercial beads. Her interest in beading has lead her to restore and recreate "whimsies", beaded art pieces in the Eastern Native American tradition, as well as creating beaded jewelry.

John is a photographer and college administrator who "likes to make things". His interest in glass started when he saw a glass blowing demonstration as a teenager and re-emerged when he saw a bead-making demo as an adult. He realized that he could make the focal beads Rita needed for her work. (Let’s face it, he just wanted to play with a torch and melted glass). John also has experience with metal and woodworking as well as silver smithing. He hopes to combine these skills to create interesting wearable art and display pieces.

Rita and John are currently working on their biggest collaboration to date, the restoration of their 100-year-old Arts and Crafts style American Four Square home in Lancaster County, PA. This is also the base of operations for Pain in the Glass Creations.

Each Pain in the Glass bead is constructed of Effetre (Moretti) glass, and is a one-of-a-kind creation. Our beads are annealed in a computer-controlled kiln for strength, then carefully cleaned and inspected. Custom work is also an option – please email us for details.


Website design and contents are ©2009 by Pain in the Glass Creations and Ponytail Bongers are ©2009 by Pain in the Glass Creations. Please note: these handcrafted items are just brimming with bright, shiny, tiny, chewy parts and aren't intended for young children. Thanks!