Beadmaking Class with Holly Cooper

Last weekend I took a beadmaking class with Holly Cooper at Graceful Customs Studio in Gilroy. Holly taught us to make a kind of bead using very precise stringer control. Here are some examples of her beads:

Meanwhile in my studio, I’m happily practicing techniques I learned in the class. Holly is a fabulous artist, and I enjoyed every minute with her.  She uses silver and copper leaf and enamel for an antique look and spends hours on each bead. Holly convinced me that I need to improve my stringer control.  Here are some of the beads I made in class:
Holly Cooper demonstrating:
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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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5 Responses to Beadmaking Class with Holly Cooper

  1. Monique U says:

    Inge, isn’t it wonderful to have fellow artisans share their knowledge and techniques? You must have left so inspired and refreshed in spirit!

  2. These beads are wonderful!

  3. jelveh says:

    It was a great class…we had tons of fun, I am holding a bunch of your beads Inge, if you want you can come by Monday after 1:30 and we can play or I can mail them on Monday, let me know…

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