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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, 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.

Fourth Bead Peeps Blog n Hop

Welcome to the fourth Bead Peeps Swap n Hop! My partner, Linda Anderson, organized it. Linda matched a group of jewelry designers with partners. We sent each other beads in order to create jewelry. Linda sent me a wonderful bead soup (assortment … Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Swap n Hop-My Beads Have Arrived

After a delay, thanks to the landslide on our road being fixed, I finally received a wonderful package from Linda Anderson. This is the fourth annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. My partner, Linda Anderson, organized it. Linda matched the … Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Bead Peeps Swap n’ Hop-about my partner

I am participating in the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop. This year Linda Anderson, the host, is my partner! Linda has done all the hard work of pairing the participants with other jewellery designers. We will send our partner a package of … Continue reading

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Bead Camp December, 2017

In December I attended Bead Camp in Nokomis, Florida. The teacher of the 5-day class was Corina Tettinger. Corina demonstrated many techniques including ones from from her seminal book “Passing the Flame”. She was generous with her time and in the … Continue reading

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Third Bead Peeps Swap n Hop

Welcome to the third 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 Kelly Hosford Patterson . Kelly sent me a wonderful … Continue reading

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Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party- Bead Hoarders Edition

Welcome to the Ninth Bead Soup Blog Party! Lori Anderson organized it.  Lori matched all of us up with partners. We sent each other beads that we had been hoarding in order to create jewelry. According to Lori “I would … Continue reading

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Third Annual Swap n Hop-My Beads Have Arrived

When I arrived home yesterday I found, to my delight, a package from Kelly Hosford Patterson. This is the third annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. Linda Anderson again organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each … Continue reading

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