I am excited about getting to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party (see below) Lori, the organizer, has asked us to blog about this topic to get things started:
how/why you became a jewelry designer, and what you like best about it.
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, and Jennifer Geldard. I enjoy making jewelry using my beads along with metal, glass, and semiprecious stone beads.