Monthly Archives: September 2008

A look back at our September featured artists

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured September World Artisan Gems. We have a growing mailing list with many people coming here to see the beautiful work of these talented emerging and established artisans and their newest creations.  Artisans featured here produce unique and one-of-a-kind artwork ~ don’t miss out ~ allow World Artisan Gems to be your guide to the most spectacular jewelry and glass art from around the world!  Thank you for spreading the word and showing your support for these talented independent artisans!

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Susan Stevens

Name: Susan Stevens

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Where are you located? I live in Alberta, Canada.

Wild Thing

Wild Thing

Tell us a bit about yourself: I have always been a creative type, drawing, painting, and beading as a young girl, and oh yes… the macramé stage as a teen! I remember by grandmother teaching me how to embroider, crochet, knit and sew from the age of about 6 years old. When I was 7 years old I used to collect beads, and buttons. Everything I collected was in a small grey metal box. I had a few little friends that also collected beads and we would spend our time trading our beads amongst ourselves. Much of my creative endeavors went on hold from the early age of 18, as I then had a daughter to take care of. By the age of 21, I had two children, and no time at all to spend on “hobbies.” So many years later, after raising two daughters of my own, and one stepdaughter, with only a ten year old son at home now, I have the time to devote to doing something that I enjoy.  I still love to paint, I enjoy photography, but designing jewelry is my passion. Now I collect quirky vintage kitchen items from the 40’s and 50 (the fruit and veggie items with little faces on them), as well as retro teapots, and cream and sugar bowls, and I adore vintage jewelry!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I started dabbling in jewelry making, about 3 years ago after taking one basic bracelet making class! I was immediately attracted to the vast array of beads that I could incorporate into my pieces, especially artisan lampwork glass beads. I began experimenting with different materials and wire, and became obsessed with the whole idea of designing jewelry!

What do you make? I create unique pieces of jewelry, ranging from whimsical to elegant. I name each bracelet and necklace that I design after a song.

What materials and methods do you use? I search for beautifully made artisan glass lampwork beads, which are little works of art in themselves, as well as vintage beads, handcrafted Bali and Thai silver beads, semi precious stones, pearls and mainly sterling silver wire with the occasional use of gold wire. I love using rare Swarovski crystals from the 1940’s and 50’s, for that touch of retro glamour!

Where do your design inspirations come from? My designs are inspired from nature, the way a vine grows, or the colors of fall, a vacation on the coast, a walk in the woods, a song,  fashion, interior design, the colors of  pebbles on a beach…so much beauty and many interesting things surround us, that it is easy to be inspired.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is here at home, and I usually like to listen to music while I create.

Where can your products be seen?  My Website, Etsy, Blog, and Flickr

Upcoming events: The Redwood Meadows Christmas and Fine Art Sale: Nov 14-16 2008

Who are you a fan of? There are so many fantastic jewelry designers out there! I admire anyone who steps out of the box and creates something unique and original. I also have extreme admiration for the talented lampwork artisans, who create the little works of art that I like to include in my designs.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  This bracelet cuff was a commissioned piece, inspired by a summer day. It incorporates, a fabulous dragonfly glass lampwork bead, vintage Swarovski crystals, pearls, glass beads, and lots of my own wire wrapped coils, spirals and curls, in sterling silver and gold that represent the vines and tendrils of an overgrown plant.



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Saša Magdić -Sasha

Name: Saša Magdić (Sasa Magdic)-Sasha

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Where are you located? Dugo Selo, small town near Zagreb, capital of Croatia

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 31, married with a love of my life and we have a beautiful 4 year old daughter. We live in a country which I love because most of my life I’ve lived in the city  just waiting for the opportunity to  escape into the nature. I work in insurance agency as an insurance consultant which is very boring position and work. So as I am a very creative person I needed to express myself in some way, and I found myself totally in making and designing jewelry. I have finished a course for jewelry designer and I got my diploma for it. I learned really good stuff there and I just need to save some money to buy all that I need for making a real silver and gold jewelry. The relevant thing is already here in my head (techniques and small catches about jewelry). Need to just earn some money and my dream will come true.

Archaic TurquoiseWhen and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? One year ago I started with wire work and I totally fell in love with it. This is really something that calms me down, something that I enjoy to do…

What do you make? I make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches even a picture frames with wire, almost everything, you name it….only sky is the limit..

What materials and methods do you use? The technique I use for making my jewelry is wire wrapping. I love semi precious stones so I use them in my jewelry pieces. Of course, without stainless steel wire there wouldn’t be any of my jewelry. I must say that most of my jewelry is oxidized, I love that oldish (ancient)  style, can’t help it. I’m very happy that I can announce that I’m in transition. I’m just about to put my stainless steel wire to a rest an start a new era with 925 and 999 silver wire and later even gold….and all the allergic people say…..Go baby go baby ..GO  Go . .(ha ha kidding, but not… really).

Where do your design inspirations come from? Oh my, tough question. Well, I really don’t know ..It’s just something that is constantly in me, and pops out from time to time. And when it pops out I can do anything …almost anything. I think that the inspiration is in me, in my joy, in my sorrow, in my laughter ,in my cry ,in the felling I get when my little girl kisses me and in the way my love looks at me….for me that is the real inspiration.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is at my home and I really cannot imagine  better working environment for me. Really, I live there, I’m happy there, sometimes (rarely) sad and, like I said, I find my inspiration in me and in my life. It’s obviously why that is a perfect creative and inspiring place for me.

The Exclusive Necklace

The Exclusive Necklace

Where can your products be seen?

Flickr  and Deviant Art

Who are you a fan of? I’m totally a fan of jewelry maker/artist, Magdalena Borejko. I just adore her work, she’s really amazing .

Price range: $30- $200

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: Well, “My Blossom” necklace (shown below)  is one of my favorites. It took me three days to finish. Inspiration for this necklace just popped out in my head while I was looking at the TV and drinking my favorite Nesscafe. And that was it, instantly I had to get up and start wrapping and putting the semi-precious stones on the chain. Three days later there it was…The real beauty, made with stainless steel wire, opalite, fluorite, silver beads and some Czech glass teardrop beads. All made by my two hands. This necklace has been chosen as a DD (means Daily Deviant-work of the day) on a DeviantArt community web page. That was a real compliment for me, and I was honored that those great artistic people have chosen me and my work to be featured as a DD. Thanks to them once again 🙂


My Blossom

My Blossom


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Sarah Kelley

eclectic jewelry for eclectic peopleName: Sarah Kelley

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Where are you located? I was born, raised and still live just outside of Savannah GA.

Kaleidoscope VI

Kaleidoscope VI

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a self-taught southern gal with a needle, a pair of pliers and an intense love for art, beads and jewelry. I believe that uniformity and conformity are overrated, that less is less, in the value of the unique, individual, ornamental and simple, and in the humanity of art. I also believe that artisan jewelry is particularly special because it’s collaborative. It connects the maker of the beads, with the maker of the piece, with the person who chooses that piece to say something about themselves. It connects us through time and space.

Ocean of Storms

Ocean of Storms

When did you start designing jewelry/art?  I’ve always played with arts and crafts, but I started seriously beading about 15 years ago. It was a scary time for me. My grandmother was in the hospital because of a brain aneurysm and my cousin’s bead stash was incredibly therapeutic. I never did follow directions so I was sort of designing right out of the door– not good designs, of course! Beading broke my lifelong streak of adopting and abandoning artistic hobbies.

What do you make? I have eclectic tastes and my work reflects that. My strung work is very much influenced by whatever beads I’m using, but it tends to be bold and colorful more often than not, and very raw, with a focus on rough or hand cut gems, handformed findings and artisan elements.
My wirework is straightforward and simple, very, very primitive with a generally clean and light feel. My beadwork is my ‘what if’ collection. Lots of color and movement, lots of freeform and texture and abstraction. I’m experimenting with it more often than not.

HamunaptraWhat materials and methods do you use? When asked what my favorite materials were, I once replied ‘holes.’ And that’s really true. Anything that has a hole is fair game if I think it’s pretty. I love organic things like seeds, bones and carapaces. I love beads that another artist made. I have a definite preference for the older arts, though, and materials like glass, clay and metal that have been around for centuries. The same is true of methods and techniques. In my wirework I consciously focus on ancient styles and techniques. In my beadwork I haven’t gone beyond the basic stitches and freeform.

Where do your design inspirations come from?

With my strung work it’s beads, colors, cultures, and intuitive connections between the elements. With my wirework it’s primitive designs seen in museums or history books, but also I get a lot of customer feedback. People will see my style and then say I like this and this, but I want this, and I make it and there, I’ve expanded my line. Or we’ve expanded my line. With the beadwork it’s more of a thematic thing. I’m part of a beadweaving group called the Etsy Beadweavers and we have monthly themed challenges and my designs are a combination of the announced theme, my own taste and whatever materials I have on hand or can afford to buy that month. But again, we’re talking color, texture, culture and beads.
What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I like to work in quiet or with something on the TV that I’ve seen so many times that I can just listen and don’t have to watch. Nothing too stimulating. But my studio is a corner table in the living room that is usually so covered in bead stuff that I’m on the couch or floor so I’m at the mercy of whoever’s home or gets to the TV first.

Kaleidoscope V

Kaleidoscope V

Where can your products be seen? Besides Etsy, I generally put new stuff up on my blog and Flickr accounts. Sometimes to my DA or TD accounts.  Blog  deviantART  TalentDatabase 
Upcoming events:  Savannah Market Bazaar Sept.13

Magazine articles or press: I’ve been featured on a few blogs the latest of which was a short introduction on the Bead Art Originals Blog.

Who are you a fan of? That’s so non-specific and could be a really long list! I’ll restrict myself to the bead artists but I’m on Etsy so a better question might be who aren’t you a fan of! I love Linda Rettich’s work and Heidi Kummli’s. JoAnne Zekowski makes incredible glass beads. All the fabulous ladies at Bead Art Originals do fabulous things with their mediums.
Price range: Currently $9 to $450

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: That’s another tough one. I’m bad at picking one. I’ll make it easy and just go with my latest beadwoven piece with a wirework element. Links exemplifies much of what I’ve already said. It’s not really a stitch but totally freeform with an interesting mix of colors. It has a bone, and carapaces, an artisan lampwork bead, citrine rough and the wirework element which is primitive while providing color, move, negative space and sound. The whole piece has a very primitive, almost mystic feel. 




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Julia Goland

Forest Nymph
Forest Nymph

Name:  Julia Goland

Website Link:

Where are you located? Israel

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 26 years old. I’m the person that always in search of itself. I am a very impulsive and emotional person and it’s helped me  in my work.  I love to collect different beautiful, non-standard and not necessarily useful things.

When did you begin designing jewelry/art?  Four years ago

What made you choose this type of art? My great-grandmother was an actress in the theatre and she was a very creative person – she always used to  make all her costume jewelry by herself. When I was a child, I found her jewelry box and I was amazed by the  beauty of this jewelry  and  I  decided to do something myself. I took my mother’s old beads and created from it a bracelet and necklace. When I have shown it to my mom, it became a big scandal;  because I have unstring an antique pearls necklace which my great-grandfather had brought from Germany. So… it was my first experience in jewelry making. I think, that this  in many ways was my first step to my present work.

What materials and methods do you use?  Mainly  leather, but I also  use a lot of other materials, like wire, beads, polymerclay, it may be even something that isn’t necessarily intended for jewelry making like a  floristic accessories or packing materials.  And as for  methods… I don’t follow any tutorials or instructions, I love experimenting  with material possibilities, basic leatherwork  techniques that I use are burning, cutting and dyeing.

Where do your design inspirations come from? From a lot of things around me – from nature, historical jewelry,  fashion,  etc.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is in my flat. It’s very disorderly place and all over the flat you can find different stuff, leather cords, paint, beads, unfinished jewelry or something else.

Where can your products be seen?  Deviant Art and Picasa web

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans? I’m not the fan of any concrete jewelry artisan but  I’m a big fan of contemporary jewelry style

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favorite creation always the latest one. In this case it’s the “Morning in the forest” necklace (seen below).

Morning in the Forest

Morning in the Forest


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Astrid Riedel



Name: Astrid Riedel

Website Link: Flickr     Etsy

Where are you located?  South Africa

Silvered Beauty

Silvered Beauty


Tell us a bit about yourself: Well, originally I am from the Netherlands, but immigrated with my parents many years ago to South Africa, where I still live currently, with my husband and 2 children, and a dog called Sherlock!

Little Ponds

Little Ponds


When did you start designing jewelry/art? I have been creating glass beads since 2003 and am enjoying it tremendously, my original training lies in Goldsmithing  which I have practiced many years, but bead making has taken over my passion.

What do you make? Glass beads 
What materials and methods do you use? I use mostly Moretti glass and other special silver glasses. I love using silver foil, copper mesh, copper leaf, and enamels.


Where do your design inspirations come from? I don’t think I have a specific style, because I enjoy trying out as many new ideas as possible, it keeps me challenged and moving forward. I’m inspired by the colors of the flowers and creatures around me, and there are certainly other glass bead artists who inspire me too. 



What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is at home, I have a wonderful loft area where I spend many hours creating my beads.





Where can your products be seen? You can find me on Ebay  and on Etsy by  name, and you can view my beads anytime on my Flickr site and

Who are you a fan of? Many of my fellow bead artists

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: Each new creation seems to be my favorite! But I like the feather bead a lot, I think the style is unique to me and I found it amazing how the glass interacted with each other to give it a real feathery appearance.

feather bead


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Jean Power



Name: Jean Power

Website Link: 

Where are you located?  London, England

Tell us a bit about yourself: I currently work as the editor of a bead magazine and when not working on this I teach beading and jewellery making as well as write articles and projects for other publications and for sale directly through my website. I am also working hard on my third jewellery/ beading book. When not working or beading I also love other crafts and arts including painting, felt-making, polymer clay, crochet and the list goes on!


Pearl & Crystal Brooch

Pearl & Crystal Brooch

When did you begin designing jewelry/art?

I have long pursued crafts and arts but around 7 years ago I really discovered beading and my love for it was instant.

What made you choose this type of art? I love the beads themselves: their colours, shapes, sizes and sparkle. I am endless fascinated by beading techniques and how they can be experimented with and adapted and enjoy playing around with the limitations that the beads themselves put on techniques and my ideas.

What do you make? Mainly beaded jewellery but also wirework, embroidery and chain maille items.

What materials and methods do you use? I use a mix of all types of beads from tiny glass seed beads to large plastic beads with every sort of gemstone, bead and bauble along the way- I love them all equally! However for a few years I have primarily focused on my Geometric Beadwork Series which is best made using cylinder beads.

Serpentine Cabachon cuff

Serpentine cabachon cuff

Where do your design inspirations come from? I am mainly inspired by geometry and how the beads want to fit together. But I am also inspired by nature and items around me.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I work from home with my beadwork on a tray on my lap listening to music or the radio or watching films or tv. These beading trays do tend to travel around the house though and I always have a few different projects on the go at once.

Upcoming events: My new book will be published around August 2009 and I will be launching a new range of kits towards the end of 2008.

Magazine articles or press:  I have had quite a few projects published in a variety of different magazines both in the US and the UK. My work has appeared in the magazines Beadwork, Bead & Button, Step-By-Step Wire, Step-By-Step Beads and Jewelry Crafts as well as Bead Magazine which I edit.


Geometric 3-4-3

Geometric 3-4-3

Are you a fan of any jewelry artisans?

I’m a huge fan of most types of jewellery! But because my heart is with beads it is beadwork artists who come to mind. There are many of them whose work I admire, adore, covet and often wish I had created: Suzanne Golden, Christine Marie Noguerre, Lynn Davy, Merle Berelowitz, Joyce Scott, Kerrie Slade, David Chatt, Maggie Meister, Laura McCabe, Robin Atkins, Rebeka Hodous and Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: My favourite pieces are my recent ‘star necklaces’ which are individually called Geometric 2.8.1, 2.8.2, 2.8.5 and 2.8.6. of these I think my favourite is 2.8.2 as it is so striking- but this choice varies daily.



Anything else you wish to add?  The only thing better than beading, reading about or buying beads is bringing beading to others whether through teaching, sharing or writing. Don’t keep your talents to yourself: share with others and spread the word.


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