I recently had the very good fortune to come across an old friend I haven't seen for about 10 years.
I was intrigued to learn that Rakel had decided on a rather radical change of career, and is no longer a food export specialist, but runs a very unique lampworking studio in Istanbul hand crafting enchanting glass bead charms.
Lampwork bead making is a traditional glasswork skill dating back centuries, using molten glass to form beads from which fabulous jewelry and other items can be fashioned.
Rakel learned her skills in glass bead art at the famous Murano glass studios in Italy, Venice.
Most pieces Rakel crafts are commissioned and she will work on your specific instructions to fashion a unique birthday gift for some-one special.