Day Three of the Handmade Component/bead/pendant Swap

Today is December 27. I am enjoying relaxing in Thousand Palms Canyon and I get to open package number three.

It is a lovely bead lampworked by Donna Millard of Donna Millard Art Glass. It has a beautifully done metal core and caps in the Pandora style. I will have to get a Pandora style chain for it!

Donna Millard lives in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. She has been lampworking for ten years and has been a professional artist working with various forms of glass and metal for many more years. You can see examples of Donna’s beads at BeadArtists.org. Donna sells her beads, jewelry, murrini, and findings in her Etsy shop.

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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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