Bead Soup Blog Party 8: About my Partner

This is my third time participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson .  This is the eighth party Lori has organized. I had a good time making my items with the beautiful soup I was sent the last two times. I enjoyed trying new jewellery making techniques and I have met some great new friends. Big thanks to Lori Anderson who is behind this huge sharing experience.
I have gathered the beads for the “bead soup”. Tonight I will pack them up. Tomorrow morning I will ship the “soup” to my partner.
My partner is Iveth Caruso of Creative Atelier. Iveth makes simple, modern, and minimal handmade jewelry. She has been designing and making jewelry for ten years in her Cumming, Georgia studio. Strong colors and quality materials are important to her. She strives to create jewelry that is attractive, yet easy to wear. Her pieces are one of a kind. Here is one of her beautiful necklaces:
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Iveth has been surrounded by arts and crafts since an early age. Her grandmother was a very talented seamstress who could make her own patterns and dresses just by looking at a picture. Her mother was always trying new crafts, until jewelry making found its way to her heart. Iveth’s mother makes wonderful, intricate beadwork including many earrings for Iveth. Iveth was not interested in jewelry making at first. She started making a pair of earrings out of frustration because she couldn’t’ find a pair she liked for a special occasion and has not stopped since.
 
Iveth has 2 little girls. She loves Colombian coffee, rice (she could eat rice everyday!), dogs, traveling, and soccer. Cooking is not one of her favorite activities.
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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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3 Responses to Bead Soup Blog Party 8: About my Partner

  1. Can not wait to see your soups and what you create with them.

  2. This is my first time participating in the Soup Party. I’m excited about it.

  3. Pingback: My bead soup has arrived. | Inge's Blog

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