Monthly Archives: October 2008

A look back at our October featured artisans

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured October 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!

We will soon be featuring a section of this site dedicated to posting upcoming shows and events for our featured designers. Check back in the coming weeks for this page.

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Lynda Andrews-Barry

Name: Lynda Andrews-Barry

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Where are you located?  Kensington, Maryland, four miles outside of Washington, DC

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am originally from Berkeley, California, but moved to Maryland when I was in high school.  I have a degree in interior design and worked as a project architect for 9 years before attending metal school in Baltimore. I have been making jewelry for about ten years now, and i love it. I live in a 110-year-old renovated farm house with my high school sweet heart (who is now my husband) and my fantastic black labrador, Oto. I love living in the Washington DC area! It is a beautiful, friendly city (despite what you hear on talk radio) with a thriving arts community.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I believe I sold my first box of Crayon-colored rocks door to door when I was about 6. I thought they were cool and that is the same reason I make jewelry.

What do you make? I make pretty things.

What materials and methods do you use?  I am currently working on two completely different lines of jewelry. “Herban Elements” are a collection of natural forms cast in sterling silver and electroformed in copper. On my daily walks with my dog I collect flowers, weeds, seeds, pods and other interesting natural and found objects. I electroform my finds in copper or cast them in sterling silver and then create jewelry from the new metal parts. Finally, I add textures, patinas and sometimes oil paints to my pieces.  My other work is a grouping of kiln-fired enamels, “high contrast.”  My work in enamel was inspired by me receiving a kiln for Christmas and thus feeling obligated to use it. “High Contrast” are brilliant three-dimensional shapes I cut with dies I make myself using my 20 ton hydraulic press. Sometimes I incorporate vintage stampings into my work. I solder the appropriate sterling silver finding to each piece and then sift the chosen color of glass enamel over it. Every color is kiln fired separately at 1520 degrees.

Where do your design inspirations come from?  I am inspired by everything and anything, or sometimes nothing. I keep a sketch pad with me or I use my Iphone to take photos of stuff, so when nothing happens I am ready. I really have enough ideas to keep me busy for more time than I have in this life, though.

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What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I love my studio! My studio is the basement level of our house: It is bright and organized and big. It has everything I need to make things happen… or watch TV.

Where can your products be seen?,,  and Dawanda

Upcoming events:  December 5-22 Washington DC downtown holiday market in front of the National Portrait Gallery. Check my website for exact times: my newsletter/calendar.

Magazine articles or pressWashington Post express featureEtsy Storque spotlight, Etsy Feature:fresh shops feature and contributer

Who are you a fan of? The ancient African cultures, especially Nigeria; the ancient Greeks and Romans; the Dutch masters; Michaelangelo; Leonardo; Louis Sullivan; Ettori Sottsass; Angston Hughes; Andi Warhol; my parents; Prince; Barack Obama

Price range: $18-$3400

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  I love this ring because I found the coneflower seed head in my garden. the plant produces lovely magenta flowers each summer, but I had no idea there was this amazing form left over in the fall. After electroforming it in copper, I set it on a ring shank I formed from a tulip poplar tree stamen I cast in sterling silver.

Anything else you wish to add here?  Thank you for noticing my work!

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Donna Millard

Name: Donna Millard     

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Where are you located? Currently in Rice Lake, WI but I hope to be moving back to Alaska soon.

Tell us a bit about yourself: Born and raised here in the mid-west but once I moved to Alaska I’ve since become an Alaskan through and through.  I can’t wait to get back, it is there that I find the most influence for my work and peace and harmony in my life.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? There is a large outdoor market in Anchorage every Saturday during the summer months and it was there that I first became acquainted with lampwork.  I was fascinated, to say the least and have been captivated ever since.  One thing led to another and I started to make unique jewelry pieces with my beads and often sterling wire.

What do you make? I make a large variety of bead sets and focals.  Often times I make florals or my “Loon” beads.  I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with all the new silver glass in my focal beads as well and I’ve recently developed a new beads style of organic water bugs.  Sometimes I saw my beads in  half and make my own sterling settings for them.

What materials and methods do you use? Effetre, double Helix, R4 glasses, silver foils, enamels, etc.  In my jewelry I use PMC and sterling wire, misc. stones and FW pearls.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Having just spent 7 years in Alaska, much of my work has been influenced from the beauty that surrounded me there.  The ocean, the mountains, glaciers and so on.  My florals were often inspired by the lush gardens in Anchorage, and yes, lush due to the 24 hours of daylight during the summers.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? Right now my studio is located in the back sunroom of my home.  I’ve completely converted it into a studio that overlooks my backyard where there are many flowers blooming in the summer and many birds.  I usually have some sort of music playing in the background as I work.

Where can your products be seen?  On ebay  My work can be found on etsy,  Aurora Bead and Craft in Wasilla, Alaska, and

Upcoming events:  I will be attending a private art show in Wasilla, Alaska in November 2008

Who are you a fan of? Many of my peers of which there are too many to mention.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  My favorite has to be my newest Waterbugs.  There were something that just happened one day as I was working.  I was so excited as I saw them begin to transform right in front of me.  It was awesome, as glass always is.

water bugs

water bugs

Anything else you wish to add?  I want to thank you for featuring me on your website.  I am honored.


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Andrew Firth

Name: Andrew Firth

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Where are you located? Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started flame-working glass in 1984 when I was 17, mostly because I loved art and disliked school, when an opportunity came up to have a go at flame-work, I could not resist. This was something that I had never thought about doing, but has worked out extremely well; it is something that I still enjoy after all these years.

blue aquarium

What do you make? Flame-worked glass focal beads, but also flowers and other sculptural pieces.

What materials and methods do you use? I work with Soda-lime and Borosilicate glass, using a gas/oxygen burner to melt it (flame-work).

Where do your design inspirations come from? Mostly nature, but I do travel to Japan occasionally to see recent developments in Japanese bead making, of which I am a huge fan of, and love to incorporate this style into my own work.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have my studio in a room behind my own Gallery where I sell only my own work; It is private when I need to concentrate, or can be public so that clients can see the work being created.

Where can your products be seen?,,

Who are you a fan of? Mostly Japanese glass bead makers; in particular Norikazu Kogure, and Kawakita Yuuka, I have a great affinity with their use of colour and style.

Price range: My beads cost between NZ$50 – NZ$200; other work between NZ$30 – NZ$1800.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: This would have to be my most recent work – Aquarium beads; these beads have a number of small individually made fish encased in glass.



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Loella Medina

Mercedes earrings

Mercedes earrings

Name:  Loella it is a name given to me by my father inspired by a love song from the 70s.

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Where are you located? I currently live in New York City.



Tell us a bit about yourself:  I was born in the Dominican Republic and as very young girl I already exhibited interest in designing. At the age of six, I would steal my mother’s left over fabrics (my mother is a great seamstress who taught herself how to make girls dresses and would make my sister and me beautiful dresses for special occasions like our first communion). I would use the fabrics to make dresses for my dolls and my sister’s dolls. At that time my father, a Civil Engineer had immigrated to the United States and was supplementing our income by making jewelry (earrings) using buttons and crystals which he would send to my mother in Dominican Republic for her to sell to her friends. The pieces became so popular that my father needed to send my mother boxes full of hundreds of earrings every other month.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? When I moved to the United States I was 9 years old. My father no longer needed to make jewelry to send to Dominican Republic and we were finally reunited. He still had all of his beads and pliers and being a curious girl, I decided I would make jewelry. At first it was just a hobby something to keep myself busy and deal with the changes of moving to a big city and leaving behind friends and pretty relaxed childhood. It was not until years later when the idea of creating jewelry as a business emerged and that was 3 years ago.



What do you make? I make jewelry inspired by my own experiences and travels. The pieces range from earrings, bracelets and necklaces to occasional tie pins.

What materials and methods do you use?  I use precious and semi precious gemstones; Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Garnet, Tourmaline, Peridot, Amethyst, etc.  I also use sterling silver, 24k vermeil and gold filled wire and components. I am currently making a transition to 18k solid gold and fine silver and incorporating diamonds to some of my designs.

Where do your design inspirations come from? My sources of inspirations are every day life, travel, life experience, my Caribbean culture. When everything else fails, I either look back to past work or log on to Flickr to browse the works of my favorite photographers.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My best working environment is sitting at a small desk with only the supplies I will be using for the particular piece I am working on at the time along with some music (Bossa Nova).



Where can your products be seen?

Upcoming events: Look for a special sale November 28, 2008

Magazine articles or press:  My jewelry has been featured in the off-off Broadway production: The New to New York Actor’s Showcase in the summer of 2007; The national magazine: Step by Step Beads during their August/September 2008 edition and will be featured again in their January/February 2009 edition;
In on July 1, 2008 and in the following blogs: Soap Deli News (10/02/2008), Love Bird Design’s Blog (08/13/2008), Indie Style File (10/01/2008), Wickedly Chic (05/15/2008)

Who are you a fan of? I am a fan of sunny days at the beach floating on my back and starting at the beautiful blue sky.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite creations is the Ignacia Earrings. This is my first piece using 18k solid gold and I just love how the combination of the yellow, orange and blue turned out. It is a vibrant piece of jewelry that is bold and playful at the same time.




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Andrew Brown

Name: Andrew Brown

Website Link:  and

Where are you located? Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tell us a bit about yourself: I love to push and test the limits the medium of glass has to offer.

When and why did you begin creating your art? My love of art and creating art began when I was very young. I followed my passion by attending Savannah College of Art Design. After graduating in 1998, with a BFA in illustration, I moved to Albuquerque and co-founded KBGlassworks. I now work independently.

What do you make? Combining flameworking, fusing and cold working, I specialize in unique wearable art and paperweights. 




What materials and methods do you use? My primary material is borosilicate glass. I flamework, fuse and coldwork.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I currently work out of Greymatters Studio and out of my home studio. I also really enjoy doing collaborations with other glass artists. I love feeding off of other artists’ drive and inspiration.

Where can your products be seen?, An online community for glass art  Arts Afire Gallery, Alexandria, VA,  and,  a shared website with Andrew Brown and Bryan Kitson artwork.

Upcoming events:  Arts Afire Glass Gallery, Alexandria, VA. TRUNK SHOW, Visiting Artist: Andrew Brown, October 18 and 19, 2008, Gallery Receptions: Saturday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

14th Annual Best Bead Show – Tucson, AZ – Spring 2009

Seminar on Electroforming: International Flameworking Pre-Conference. Salem, NJ, March 20, 2009:

Magazine articles or press: Featured artist on Glass Alchemy website and current advertising
The Flow Magazine, Vol. 1 Issue 4, Bead & Button Magazine (March 1998) Artist Article.  Bead & Button Magazine (December 2008 #88 Collectors Edition) “Artist Spotlight


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Yvonne Cornelius

Name: Yvonne Cornelius

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back of necklace

(back of necklace)

Where are you located? Killeen, Texas

Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago.  I married a wonderful Texan (26 yrs.) and after early retirement for both of us, we settled in Texas.  We have 4 dogs, all with funny and different personalities.   I’ve been beading for 11 years, but only in the last 2 years have I been selling my jewelry.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  My husband was overseas and I was living in a new town and didn’t know anyone.  I was working on a basket purse and it had a peyote flap attached to the basket.  Since I didn’t know anything about beading, I bought some books and a video of how to do peyote stitch, and went from there.  I liked beading so much I gave everything else up.  Did I ever finish that basket purse?  Nope, still sitting there.

What do you make?  Jewelry of all kinds – bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pins, and pendants 



What materials and methods do you use? I love to use Swarovski crystals and seed beads in my jewelry. Besides that, I use all sorts of items like shells, pearls, cabochons, gemstones, stones, rivolis, buttons, delicas, flowers, leaves, and charms.  I’m always looking for something I can bead around or use in my bead embroidery.   I also like to incorporate lampwork beads from other talented artisans in with my designs.  Using off-loom weaving works for me the best which includes stitches like peyote, netting, brick, herringbone, freeform and right angle weave.  I enjoy bead embroidery the most. I’ve been doing kumihimo with beads for the last six months along with some wirework.  Felting is the next thing I would like to learn.


Where do your design inspirations come from?  Usually the beads will dictate the design.  Sometimes it can be a color, a certain cabochon or lampwork bead that starts the design process off. 

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  I have my own studio/computer room in my home near the living room so I can hear TV or just have background noise.  If I totally want to be alone, I can just close the door.

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

Who are you a fan of?  It’s hard to choose just one.  Sherry Serafini, Heidi Kummli, Laura McCabe, Edda Blume, Amy Clark Moore, Sharilyn Miller are just a few.  I have many others I admire.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite pieces is the bead embroidery bracelet, “Almost Autumn.”  I like using the different textures and how they work together.

Almost Autumn

Almost Autumn

Anything else you wish to add?  I think we still need to educate the public about beading as an art form.  People don’t realize how much time is put into each piece of jewelry and why pieces are priced the way they are.  Each single bead is put on one at a time and a little bit of that person goes into each piece.  Once the public knows that it will last for generations and isn’t manufactured, I think then people will consider it art.

That is precisely what we hope to accomplish and the reason for this website. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!


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