Joy makes lampwork glass beads in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. She has collaborated with many other artists – from basket weavers to silversmiths — to incorporate glass beads in their work, for visual or functional effect.
The lampwork bead making process is done by applying molten glass to a stainless steel mandrel (rod) in a hot torch flame. The mandrel is rotated in the flame, and Joy uses gravity and graphite shaping tools to achieve the final shape. While still on the mandrel, the bead is placed into a digital annealing kiln for hardening, a process that takes several hours. The result is a very durable one-of-a-kind glass bead. Joy creates with a style of bold, bright colors in a range of shapes of sizes. Her styles include simple spacer beads, decorative latticino focal beads, and sculptural pieces that resemble ordinary objects like chili peppers or crockery jugs.