I have been designing
jewelry with beads for 24 years and making my own glass beads
for about 14 years now. I guess you could call me a professional beader. The technique I use to make my glass beads is called Lampworking.
I use a torch flame to melt the glass and build and create the
bead, one at a time. The bead then goes into a kiln to anneal
(to strengthen) after the beads come out of the kiln and I have
a good selection of beads, then I start making /designing jewelry
with the beads incorporating semi precious stones, fresh water
pearls and other glass beads.
I was formally trained at The Maryland Institute College of Art,
graduating with a BFA in 1986. My major was in Graphic design.
My Jewelry reflects all the things that matter to me, love, family,
nature, color, texture and just being fun and pretty.