beadmaking class

From May 20 to 25, 2012 I took a beadmaking class at the Appalachian School for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee. The teacher was Marjorie Langston. We torched about 9 hours a day. There were only five people in the class, which was a great size. I learned several new techniques. It was a good class and I enjoyed meeting people and visiting a new part of the country.

My living quarters at the Appalachian School for Craft.

Glass Studio

View of Center Hill Lake from Appalachian Center for Craft

One day of beadmaking.

Another day of beadmaking.

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About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. Last September I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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2 Responses to beadmaking class

  1. Deborah Blum says:

    Wow….looks amazing!! Glad you had fun.

  2. WOW that looks awesome! I am going to google that now and see what it’s all about! thanks for sharing… 😀

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