Sixth Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of the handmade beads, pendants, and component exchange I received this item from Kristi Bowman of Kristi Bowman Design.

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It is a large circular component made from, I think, CopprClay and is solid copper with beautiful raised designs and patina. I plan to use it as a focal of a necklace made with chain.

Kristi Bowman lives in Snohomish, Washington. She makes unique jewelry components out of metal clay. Textures are her thing. Many of her items have a rustic or primitive look to them by design. Kristi loves giving her pieces an antiqued look with patina. She sells components and jewelry in her Etsy shop. She also sells jewelry in her ArtFire 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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