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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.

Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party-Bead Hoarders Edition. My bead soup has arrived.

I am participating in the ninth bead soup blog party organized by Lori Anderson. The eighth bead soup party was in 2014. Lori has had health problems and is finally feeling well enough to give it another go.   We … Continue reading

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Third Annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop- My Partner

I am participating in the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop, hosted by Linda Anderson, for the third time. Again, participants have been paired up with other jewellery designers and each will send the other a package of beads, a clasp, … Continue reading

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Second Bead Peeps Swap n Hop

This is the second annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. Linda Anderson again organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry. My partner is Claire Fabian. Claire sent me a wonderful soup … Continue reading

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Terry Henry Electroforming Class

Last weekend my sister, Angelika, and I took a class in electroforming from Terry Henry. The class was fun and informative. Electroforming lets you take organic objects and coat them with a layer of copper. This allows you to use … Continue reading

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Second Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop- About My Partner

  I am doing the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop hosted by Linda Anderson again this year.  Again, participants have been paired up with other jewellery designers (from all over the world) and each will send the other a package … Continue reading

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Stephanie Sersich Class

The lampworking group I am a member of, Silicon Valley Fireflies, recently had a lovely visit from Stephanie Sersich. Stephanie did a demonstration one evening and the next day taught a class in making a Spiny Knotted Bracelet like the … Continue reading

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Whistler Molten Experience 2015

In May I attended Whistler Molten Experience, a bead retreat that included demos and classes. It was held at Edgewater Lodge on beautiful Green Lake. The featured headliner was Heather Trimlett.  Heather demonstrated many useful techniques such as laying down … Continue reading

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