Art Inspired Necklace

I am a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). Last November ISGB had the following challenge that I entered:

The challenge is “ART INSPIRED” Chose a work of art. It can be a painting, sculpture or any other work of fine art. Design a focal bead or bead set that are inspired by the work of art you have chosen.  Write a short artist statement that includes your reasons for your choice of work of art and an explanation of how you approached the challenge. Send your statement, along with an image of the work of art and an image of your bead or beads. 

I chose a painting by Friedensreich Hundertwasser as the inspiration for my bead. Hundertwasser has long been my favorite artist.  His paintings and prints are characterized by undulating curves, organic shapes and bright colors.

 The painting I chose is “Lucifer’s Tongue 1”. I love the bold, bright colors. Rich hues are layered one upon the other.


It took me many trials to come up with a bead I liked. I did many cane experiments. I made the bead by layering many stringers from many different cane rods that I had made. I had the most difficulty with red, yellow, and orange. At first they were too muddy. I finally got what I wanted when I put a layer of white down and then the red, orange, and yellow. 

I first made the bead into a simple pendant.

I then decided it should be a necklace instead. I used Czech beads, little red lampwork beads that I had made, and some spacer beads.

I love my necklace. I enjoy challenges very much. They inspire me to try new things.


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, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 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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