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Silke Buechler – Calypso’s Beads

Name: Silke Buechler a.k.a. Calypso’s Beads

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Website Link: http://www.silkedesign.de and http://www.glasperlenreich.de

Where are you located?  Ulm, Germany

Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in the idyllic city of Ulm which is located in the South of Germany, between Stuttgart and Munich. I used to work in an advertising department of a big international company and, in addition, was occupied with media design works on freelance-basis till I became a “late”-mummy in 2007. Now, I enjoy my three years “baby-break”and after that will only work part-time so that I am able to have more time for my beloved glass beads.

mandala2When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I was caught by the bead virus in summer 2004. I saw some lampwork beads in a shop window and that same day spent hours investigating, surfing the Internet and reading all about lampwork beading. One week later, I sat at the torch by myself and tried the first beads.

What do you make? Beads of soft glass – mainly bead sets – rather seldom focals. And I almost only do beads that are wearable. Therefore, most of my beads are flat / squeezed, because I myself prefer to wear flat rather than round beads and not too big, because you want to hang them round your neck or wrist and if they are too big, they become too heavy. I love making beads with fanciful patterns so that each time you look at them, you might find something new to discover.

What materials and methods do you use? All kind of soft glass, goldstone.

Where do your design inspirations come from? From everywhere … shopping tours where I see skirts made of beautiful patterned fabric, flipping through a magazine with interesting advertising pictures, a weekend-trip to a beautiful town in springtime, walk in the park …

hommageankarmencita_450What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is in my house. I have a separate room stuffed with glass and all the accessories. My “realm of glass beads”(hope I translated this correctly..)

Where can your products be seen?  http://www.silkedesign.de or the German link http://www.glasperlenreich.de or on etsy

Upcoming events: I do not do shows – only very small ones here in the area where I live.

Magazine articles or press: Glas…Perlen…eigenArt, GER (ISBN 978-3-00-022186-6)

Who are you a fan of? There are many many bead artists that I like very much. When I started bead making, Corina Tettinger’s book “Passing The Flame” was my bible – I really love this book. Today, I adore the beads of David Sivers, Lisa Fletcher, Manuela Wutschke and Lydia Muell.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  I do not really have favorite creations. Almost each time a new set is completed I am thinking “wow, I like this set so much, I will keep it for myself.”  Then the beads lie there on the table some days and when another set is finished, I decide to give the older set away. Can’t keep all those beads for me 😉 ….. The beads I am making reflect the mood I am in when sitting at the torch. Perhaps this is why I love each new set most.  There are sets that I do not forget because they meant a milestone for my work. These are certainly the sets that I did during my four month stay in Thailand .. one of those:

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And this set is also rememberable for me:

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Kerri Fuhr

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Name: Kerri Fuhr

Website Link: www.kerrifuhr.com

Where are you located? British Columbia, Canada

the-guardianTell us a bit about yourself: I am a full time glass bead designer living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I live with my very supportive boyfriend, 3 dogs and my rather pugnacious cat!

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I started eight years ago when I treated myself to a glass beadmaking class for my 30th birthday. The class was taught by a friend of mine, Walt Pinder, and I had so much fun that I bought myself a beginners kit and started making beads in my garage at home. After a few years of learning the basics and making gifts for friends, people started to ask to buy my beads! So I ventured into the world of bead shows and started selling my work. Learning jewelry skills along the way, I then started selling my beads and jewelry in local galleries and now for the past four years this has been a full time career for me.

What do you make? I create glass beads as well as jewelry. I mostly specialize in creating beads for other jewelry designers to use in their creations as well as specialty focal beads for collectors world-wide.

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What materials and methods do you use? I create my beads using glass rods imported from Italy as well as specialty glass made in the US and Canada. I use a small table-top torch that is powered by an oxygen concentrator and natural gas which is fitted directly from my bench in my studio. Using simple tools and small threads of glass called stringer, I “paint” with glass in the torch flame and create my miniature works of art one at a time.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I find that most of my inspiration comes from the natural world around me. I enjoy creating beads with insects and birds especially. Dragonflies, honeybees, ravens and herons are among my favorite subjects to depict in glass. I strive for realism in my pieces and so I spend a lot of time studying my subjects. I also love history and the designs in late medieval and victorian tapestries inspire me. I currently have a line of beads I call my “Tapestry Collection” that are inspired by the botanical styles of these historical woven pieces.

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What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I am fortunate in that I have an amazing studio right in my backyard! I designed it and had it constructed to be the perfect environment for making beads. An eleven foot workbench, a custom – fitted gas connection for my torch, lots of windows and ample storage make it a great place to work! I also decorated the studio in a lavish Moroccan theme, as our climate here is often grey and rainy so I wanted a cheerful and sunny place to work each day. Warm colors and exotic touches keep my spirits up and inspire me everyday, no matter the weather!

 

Where can your products be seen?  You can visit my website to view galleries of my past work as well as view work that is currently available. I sell my beads on Etsy. There is also a link on the “Available Work” page on my website and bead show updates are listed on my website also. 

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Upcoming events: I will be at several great bead shows throughout the year!

The Best Bead Show – Miami, April 24-26
Double Tree Merchandise Mart – West Hall
711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL, 33126
http://www.crystalmyths.com

Whole Bead Show, Vancouver May 1-3
Empire Landmark Hotel
Crystal Ballroom
1400 Robson Street, Vancouver BC
Friday & Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday Noon to 5pm
www.wholebead.com

dragonfly-tapestry-vessel-2Bead and Button Show June 4-7
Midwest Airlines Center
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
www.beadandbuttonshow.com

Puget Sound Bead Festival July 10-12
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway Ave; Tacoma, Wa
www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com

ISGB Gathering Bead Bazaar July 24-26
Miami, FL
(more information TBA)

Magazine articles or press: I have been a featured artist in The Glass Bead Magazine, as well as recently featured in the Flow Magazine for the Glass Craft Emerging Artist Awards.
Who are you a fan of? I admire so many talented glass artists it’s hard to mention them all, but Vittorio Costantini, Andrea Guarino, Leah Fairbanks and Holly Cooper among my favorite glass artists!
Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I have recently been experimenting with enamels (powdered glass) and I enjoy the watercolor-like effects I am able to achieve on my beads with them. A bead entitled “Heron’s Moon” is one of my most recent favorite creations made with the use of enamels and fine stringer.

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Heron's Moon

Anything else you wish to add?  I am now starting to teach intermediate and advanced glass bead classes at various studios throughout the US and Canada and am working on a tutorial series on the techniques I use to create my beads that will be available soon! Please check my website for updates!

 

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A look back at our December featured artisans

A summary of our talented December featured artisans.  Be sure to check out their websites.

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A look back at our November featured artisans

We are on to another month of great artisans. Hope you enjoyed viewing the work seen here and visit the websites of our featured artisans to see their latest creations.

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Cynthia Tilker

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Name: Cynthia Tilker 

Website Link: Ebay.com

Where are you located?  Santa Rosa, California

img31391_potted_bouquet_1Tell us a bit about yourself: I have been working with glass for about 10 years now on and off.  The off times were short though.  It’s very hard to stay away from glass for very long.  I have not had the priviledge of taking any formal classes.  I’ve learned from books, and many, many hours behind the torch.  No matter how many hours I spend making glass art, there is always something more to learn.  I seem to never run out of ideas or the drive to make my ideas transform into a bead.  After all of these years working with glass,  I am now teaching lampwork which has really opened up a whole new aspect of this artform for me, and I am really enjoying it.

When and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art?  I have always been very creative.  My mother tought me how to sew, knit, crochet, needlepoint and anything else that was possible to create with fiber.  I started my hand at making beads from polymer clay and wanted to incorporate glass into my finished peices.  My husband brought me home a torch and some glass and set me up in the garage and it just seemed to take over EVERYTHING.  The polymer came to a screeching hault and although I still like to work with fiber, it has slowed way down because of the time I spend in my glass studio. 

peepers-1What do you make? I make large focal beads, meaning each of my beads is a small piece of artwork that has some kind of theme.  I like each bead to tell a story and to be able to stand alone.  I have my character series that I really enjoy making.  They are all face beads and all have different personalities.   I just keep adding to my family of beads and I love to think of new ideas.  I don’t make sets of beads because I love working on a large scale, so the focal bead is my favorite.  The larger the bead or canvas, the more detail I can fit on or in the bead.

What materials and methods do you use? I use mostly Moretti, Murano and German Lausha glasses.  The methods I use are anything and everything I can come up with to achieve my final result.  I often say that if a master lampworker watched me, he/she might just fall off the chair.  I don’t know if my methods are right or wrong in other lampworkers’ eyes, but it’s what I do to achive the look and individuality of my beads.

Where do your design inspirations come from? I have always loved anything whimsical.  I love sparkle, bling and color, which really plays a huge part in my bead styles.  I just keep adding elements to my beads until there is no more room left.  I make a lot of forest character beads which really allows me to just go on forever in how I want to create my own little fantasy world. 

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woodland-3What is your best working environment/where is your studio? My studio is in my garage and is set up exactly the way I want it to be, which makes it very comfortable for me to sit and create. 

Where can your products be seen? I sell on Ebay under the screen name “glassactcc”   and  Glassartist.org

img31426_orange_potted_plant_upUpcoming events: Classes at Arrow Springs and a brand new Tutorial.

Who are you a fan of?  My earliest inspiration was Kimberly Osibin.  Her work really spoke to me, and I strived to even come close what she could do with glass.  There are so many wonderful glass artists around, that it’s hard to really single one out, but I know that Kimberly really gave me the drive to pursue this form of artwork and for pushing myself to become better and better.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations:  One of my favorite beads would have to be my “Wildwood” bead.  This bead was made to look as if there was a complete forest in the bead under a clear encasement of glass complete with sparkle, trees, flowers, plants and anything else I could fit into it.

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Wildwood

Anything else you wish to add?  Thank you so much for inviting me to join the wonderful array of artisans that are here on your website.  I am in good company.

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Stephanie Sersich

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Name: Stephanie Sersich

Website Link: www.sssbeads.com

Where are you located? 15 Perkins St. Topsham, Maine 04086

Tell us a bit about yourself: I live on the coast of Maine, and my work is very much inspired by the ocean and the treasures beneath. When I’m not making jewelry, I love to run my dog on the beach or in the neighboring woods. I love to knit and garden, too! Textiles and my garden also bring me loads of inspiration.

assorted_2005_2_300wWhen and why did you begin creating your jewelry/art? I have been making jewelry since I was a little girl – I always say, since I was stringing pasta on yarn! I began working with glass and making beads when I was in college. My art became a business 10 years ago when I got out of college.  My mom collects ethnic jewelry and clothing, so it’s been a passion for as long as I can remember. While I originally learned to make beads on my own, my best tricks and techniques came from Sage and Tom Holland, who live and teach in the Ozarks of Arkansas. They were some of the pioneers of the bead-making movement. I feel very lucky to call them my friends and mentors.

What do you make? I make glass beads, using the ancient technique of lampworking.  I make my jewelry by combining them with vintage beads, talismans, natural materials, cords and fibers. My jewelry is full of color and texture. The large neckpieces are pretty wild, and I also make individual beads and smaller items for other jewelers to incorporate into their own pieces. 

flower_06_300wWhat materials and methods do you use? I make my beads from Effetre and Bullseye glass (both soft glasses), chosen for their high-contrast color palette. I use other beads and items that add a different sheen than the glass.  I like to mix shiny and pitted, new and old, bright and muted. The assemblage-type pieces are made from my signature Spiny Knotting technique, which is derived from macramé knotting.  I also love to just simply string beads, but mostly I can’t help adding fibers and knots to make my items more unique.

Where do your design inspirations come from? The natural world is an endless source of inspiration.  I love pod-shapes and radial forms, like flowers and stars. I like rocks and shells, encrusted with barnacles and sea-shells and funny-shaped growths.  Anything with a varying texture and things that stick out.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I live in Topsham, Maine in a Greek Revival house, built in 1830. My studio is in the carriage house. I make beads and teach classes on the main level and string beads and work in the upstairs office, in a well-lit room with high-ceilings.  I love space, and that’s important when you have a lot of stuff.

bauble_neck_2006_2_300wWhere can your products be seen? As far as retail locations, I have my work at several galleries, like Foundry Lane in Portland, Maine and Arts Afire, a glass gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. I also do several bead and craft shows (listed on my website) in different parts of the country. I’ve recently written a book called Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads, published by Interweave Press, and I have an example of almost everything I make in there! There are 20 “How-To” projects, as well as classifications of glass beads, a history of glass beads and useful tips and tools for beaders.

Upcoming events: This season, I have two craft shows in New England, but I’m also preparing for the Pasadena Bead and Design Show in January. I have a piece that just won an award at The Bead Museum in Washington, DC – part of their Celebrating Beads event. In March of 2009, I am teaching a collaborative class with my friend, fellow beadmaker Michele Goldstein, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where we plan to bead and laugh ourselves silly.  I love to teach, and workshops are the events that I look forward to the most.

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Magazine articles or press:
My own book: Designing Jewelry With Glass Beads
And I have photos in several others, including:
Beads of Glass by Cindy Jenkins
Contemporary Lampworking and Formed of the Fire by Bandhu Scott Dunham

I have had magazine articles in Ornament, Beadwork, Bead & Button Magazine, Lapidary Journal and others.

Who are you a fan of? Other people’s jewelry & beads?  Gail Crosman-Moore, Michele Goldstein, Dustin Tabor, Amy Johnson, Lucie Weir, Bronwen Heilman, Caitlin Hyde, Isis Ray

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations:  Like to make the big, outrageous pieces, like the Fiesta Necklace.

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Fiesta Necklace

Anything else you wish to add? There are two things I love about my job – combining the colors and textures, and teaching.  Nothing brings me more joy than coaching a student to make something they had never envisioned, but that comes from inside them.  The exchange of excitement gives me a true connection to other people.  The power of creating something joyful from inanimate materials is a thrilling experience.  I just can’t get enough of it.

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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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Donna Millard

Name: Donna Millard     

Website Link: www.fyrebeadz.com

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 Beadartists.org

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.

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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

Website Link: www.andrewfirth.co.nz

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.

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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? www.glassblower.co.nz, www.andrewfirth.co.nz,   www.aoteroa.co.nz.

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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Andrew Brown

Name: Andrew Brown

Website Link: www.kbglassworks.com  and  www.glassartists.org/AndrewBrown

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?  GlassArtists.org, An online community for glass art  Arts Afire Gallery, Alexandria, VA,  and www.kbglassworks.com,  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: www.salemcc.edu

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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Gabriele Servayge

Name: Gabriele Servayge

Website Link: www.gabrieleservayge.com

Where are you from? Germany

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am a Belgian, but I was born in Germany and I am living in Germany most of my time. My original profession was social work and  I did this for several years.
For my future I am interested in art therapy education. But at the moment I am very satisfied with creating glass beads.

When and why did you begin designing jewelry/art? I started making glass beads 5 years ago. Before this, I was looking for a method in which make it possible to paint and form beads with different colors and shapes. Then I saw glass beads on Ebay and I was so fascinated with them that I knew that is what I wanted to do.

What do you make? I make glass beads.

What materials and methods do you use? Mainly I make not round glass beads, but squeezed beads, so that I can use this surface for my ideas. I like to make shells on a waterground in green/blue colours. But I also like to make some flowers an murrinis.

 

Where do your design inspirations come from? My inspirations come from signs in nature, especially from the water.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have a nice place at home, I have there the best feeling for making glass beads. By walking in a beautiful park I always get some new inspiration.

Where can your products be seen?  My website and Ebay

Who are you a fan of? I like artistry, which is made by American and Australian natives. I like how they put the spirit of nature in their symbols.

Tell us  a little about one of your favorite creations: I mostly  make glass beads with shells on a ground of green blue oceancolours, I love the colours and the round spiral form of the shells, it let me feel the spirit of the ocean.

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Astrid Riedel

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Name: Astrid Riedel

Website Link: Flickr     Etsy

Where are you located?  South Africa

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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!

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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. 

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Floating

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 BeadArtists.org

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.

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A look back at our August featured artists

Thank you for visiting all of the great sites of our featured August World Artisan Gems. Be sure to join our mailing list so you’ll have instant access to and be the first to know the latest information about the most 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!

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Barbara Svetlick

Name:  Barbara Svetlick

Website Link: http://www.barbarasvetlick.com

Where are you located?  Florida

Tell us a bit about yourself:  I am by profession a paralegal in criminal law and have lived in Fort Lauderdale since I was in high school.  My true passion is found in my fiction writing of short stories and poetry, working with pen and watercolor washes, my complete obsession for music [and my well known love of musician Chris Isaak and the Silvertones]  but my muse is definitely in glass sculpture art.  I have always created in one art form or another but glass art has held my interest longer then any other form.  I am a member of The International Society of Glass Beadmakers [ISGB] and work as a volunteer for the Self Representing Artists Project [SRA] for glass beadmakers.  I love encouraging artists no matter what their muse and I love instilling passion in life. 

After the Ball

When did you start designing jewelry/art?  I started designing jewelry around 2001 and creating glass beads and sculpture flowers around 2002.

What do you make? I make small sculptural flowers and leaves with soft glass and enamels. 

What materials and methods do you use?  I work mostly with Bullseye Glass [soda lime glass] and Thompson Enamels.  Everything is created using my GTT Lynx torch and a variety of small tools for shaping and molding the molten glass.  My flowers are all made on the mandrel with glass bails in the back for using in jewelry and are designed specifically for jewelry artists.

Where do your design inspirations come from? Mostly from the music and the nature found all around me.  Living in South Florida the foliage and natural settings is abundant. I now design my flowers then test them in my own jewelry designs to test them.  I am currently working on flowers that can be used with silk ribbons and natural stringing materials.

What is your best working environment/where is your studio?  My personal studio is in my house and my larger working studio is in a small cottage in my backyard.  My best working environment is with my Ipod on and the world tuned out so that it is just me and the torch.

Where can your products be seen?  http://www.barbarasvetlick.com
http://www.riverofglassstudio.com
http://www.beadartists.org/BarbSvetlick

Upcoming events:  I don’t do shows except for the I.S.G.B. Gathering which is held annually. 

Magazine articles or press: I am published in Bead Review Book 2 published by Brad Pearson; Beaded Jewelry – The Complete Guide by Susan Ray [Jewelry Artist Sandra Webster using my flowers]; Glass Bead Workshop by Jeri L. Warhaftig; The Annealer Magazine [Winter/Spring 2008]; Metamorphosis the Life Cycle of a Glass Bead by ISGB [2007 Exhibit and Catalog]; Out of the Box by ISGB [2008 Exhibit and Catalog]; The Herald Standard 6/28/07; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6/4/07; and my flowers will be in the October 2008 issue of Bead & Button.

Rosebud bracelet

Who are you a fan of? Pam Dugger who is my mentor, partner and best friend is my favorite artist.   Then probably Barbara Becker Simon, Sara Sally LaGrand, Wayne Robbins and Lewis Wilson.  Becky Meverden is my favorite Polymer Artist and designer and Barbara Becker Simon is my favorite PMC and Glass artist and designers and Sara Sally LaGrand is the most innovated glass artist I have ever met.  Pam, Wayne and Lewis encourage my sculpture work by their talent.

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations (shown below):  My favorite piece is call ‘Key’s Hibiscus’ that is one purple hibiscus flower surround by yellow hibiscus.  It’s clean and simple but just pulls you into nature with a great force.  I grow hibiscus and they are the most difficult to create but they are stunning.

Anything else you wish to add?  I do nothing in life or in my work that isn’t done with passion.  You will frequently find my love of writing, painting and music intertwined with my glass sculpture work.

Keys Hibiscus

Key's Hibiscus

You definitely have a new fan in us Barbara! Thank you for participating here.

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Bev Gallerani – Mango Tango Designs

Name: Bev Gallerani, Mango Tango Designs

Website Links:http://MangoTangoDesigns.com

http://MangoTango.etsy.com

Geranium V necklace

Geranium V necklace

Where are you located?

Summer months: Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Winter months: Naples, Florida

Tell us a bit about yourself: I feel I exist to create. I am a full-time jewelry designer specializing in original art jewelry constructed of fine silver, bronze, sterling, fused dichroic glass and copper. My designs are influenced by nature in general and the sea specifically. Seashells, beaches, oceans, and mermaids — and the colors that represent them — are frequent themes in my work, as are the bright colors and rhythms of the Caribbean.

Oak Branch

Oak Branch

Prior to discovering the joys of jewelry creation, I was a professional miniaturist, creating 1/12th and 1/24th scale plants and flowers for dollhouses and miniature scenes. I am a Fellow member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, the highest level of juried achievement in the world of fine scale miniatures. I am also a Certified PMC Artisan.

When did you start creating your jewelry/art?  A chance visit to a dollhouse shop in the English Cotswolds many years ago turned out to be a collision with destiny for me. I was instantly and completely besotted with the tiny world I saw. I began creating 1/12th scale potted plants and flowers with increasingly precise detail and became known for the miniscule buds and teensy branches I delighted in adding to my pieces.Decades later, I discovered the joy of creating my own jewelry and a much larger, though no less detailed, world opened up for me, to my enormous delight! The most enjoyable part of making jewelry for me is including the same level of minute detail — everything from combining intricate textures to molding the tiniest of seashells — that I gave to my work in scale miniatures. Echoes of my intense love for botanicals, miracles from the sea and lots and lots of texture still exist in my work even though the medium has changed. Customers have been very pleasantly surprised by the weight of my pieces. They are never flimsy and I don’t skimp on silver content! If it doesn’t delight them, it won’t delight me, either. Scores of repeat customers have convinced me that I’m on the right track.

By the Sea

By the Sea

What exactly do you create? I specialize in themed art jewelry pieces made of precious metals and my own fused dichroic glass. I love making truly unique pieces that exude lots of personality and extreme detail. Necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings and anklets are all part of my portfolio, as well as handcrafted supplies for the use of other jewelry designers such as fine silver beads, bead caps and fused glass cabochons.

Koi necklace

Koi necklace

What materials and methods do you use? My jewelry pieces are primarily constructed with multiple layers of fine silver with accents of fused dichroic glass and findings of sterling silver. Pieces with text and three-dimensional renderings of leaves, seashells and mermaids are frequent themes. Where size allows, my pieces are signed and stamped on the reverse side. My work is either one-of-a-kind or extremely limited edition, although each is painstakingly created individually, by hand. I don’t cast my pieces; I individually sculpt them. My beads and other hollowware are created by layering many coats of fine silver paste over a burnout core and incinerating those cores in my jewelry kiln. I have recently begun adding solid bronze and copper to my portfolio as well.

Where do your design inspirations come from?From nature, from the sea, and from my own imagination. I have many more ideas swirling around in my head than lifetime left to implement them all!

What is your best working environment/where is your studio? I have two studios in two similar yet disparate environments. Since my husband and I divide our time between Cape Cod and Southwest Florida, I have a setup in each location. The common factor that unifies them is that both overlook the sea from which the bulk of my inspiration is drawn. This also gives me something distant to focus my eyes upon when they’re tired.

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

My Cape Cod studio is large, open, bright and very conducive to encouraging my creativity with a large bay window facing the water and a walk-in closet that I use to store my tools and supplies. It’s also flanked by woods and a perennial garden filled with beautiful flowers – including lots and lots of hydrangeas – during the summer months. My Florida studio, on the other hand, is very small but it has a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico. On the Cape, I can watch the sun rising each morning. In Florida, I can watch the sun setting each evening. There isn’t much that can top that in terms of inspiration!

Where can your products be seen? Currently, my jewelry pieces may only be purchased online. I have two online shops:

http://MangoTangoDesigns.com which is a secure, encrypted ZenCart site; and http://MangoTango.etsy.com – my own shop within a wonderful cooperative website that showcases the handcrafted work of independent artisans. I also have an artist portfolio of my work on TalentDatabase.com and a Flickr photostream. A portfolio of my sold items appears in both the latter locations as well as at MangoTangoDesigns.com. Acknowledgements from other artists can be seen here: http://thedb.com/MangoTango

Upcoming events: None planned at this time – I have been so busy designing and creating, it has left little time for me to do much else right now! I do hope to begin exhibiting my work at juried shows in the near future.

Magazine articles or press: I have been featured in articles on various blogs including Art Bead Scene and have been selected as a featured artist on TalentDatabase.

Gazing Ball necklace

Gazing Ball necklace

Who are you a fan of? Any independent, successful woman who has carved out a niche for herself in any discipline through hard work and determination.

Price range: $10-300.00

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations: I love pieces that contain messages of inspiration and feature three-dimensional renderings of seashells and mermaids combined with fused glass. Glass imparts so much depth, color and personality to jewelry.

Anything else you wish to add? My favorite quote is still this from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “Art in the blood is liable to manifest itself in the strangest forms.”

The Maya Necklace

The Maya Necklace

Beautiful and artistic ~ thank you for inviting us to find out more about your work. Gazing Ball is an absolute favorite!

 

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Inner Eye Creations – Molly Cooley

 

Name: Molly Cooley – Inner Eye Creations

Walk along shore

Walk along shore

Website Link: Inner Eye Creations
 

Tell us a bit about yourself: I live in Northern Lower Michigan with my three sons, Adam, Josh, and Mike, and my husband Darin. My background is in management, but I quit three years ago to pursue lampworking.

When did you start creating glass beads? I have been making lampwork beads for approximately 4.5 years. I am self-taught. I learned to lampwork through the many wonderful books available. I had a one hour session from Chris Fisher of Snow Fire Beads to learn to make florals (I just couldn’t figure it out on my own!!). She is a great lady.

What exactly do you create? I make lampwork focal beads primarily. On occasion, I will make a set, but I prefer focals.

What materials and methods do you use? I have tried most glasses, but mostly use Lauscha and Moretti 104 co. On most of my beads I use enamels, frit, pixie dust, and/or silver foil. I LOVE the combinations of textures and colors these create.

Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake

Where do your design inspirations come from? I love nature. The feelings that trees, flowers, water, and sky invoke can be quite powerful. I also use emotion. I have been fortunate enough to get quite close to a few of my customers. Within their stories, emotions of joy, anguish, pride, frustration, and love can lead me straight to an idea or creation of a bead. I listen to my inner self…I meditate. When I am having “artist’s block,” I meditate and usually a new idea comes forth. I know that many of my creations come from a higher place than myself and I am just the messenger. That is why I choose not to tell a story about the bead in my auctions. Each person will have a different take on the feeling of the bead. That is very personal. I choose not to infringe on that.

Angel of Purity

Angel of Purity Dogwoods in Bloom

Where can your products be seen? Inner Eye Creations Ebay Store and Inner Eye Creations Blog

Upcoming events: I have become quite a hermit in the last few years. I don’t do shows or events. This month (and maybe longer) I am featuring my beads for $25.00 “buy-it-now” in my Ebay store as a thank you to my customers. It is going quite well. I have found that I am terrible at multi-tasking websites or places to showcase my work. I can do one thing at a time well. My children keep me very busy.

Who are you a fan of? I have always been a huge fan of Patti Walton. I also love Manuela Wutschke. I think there are so many wonderful creators and many more to come. I am in awe of so many people’s work. Everyone is different and it is all beautiful.

Price range: .99 to $95.00

Tell us a little about one of your favorite creations (seen below): My favorite creation in terms if meaning to me was a bead I made while thinking about my son Josh. When he came into my life, my whole world changed. He pulled me from the darkest depths of myself and shined his light into me. One of my dearest customers bought this bead from me, had it made into a pendant, and sent it back. It was the only bead I have permitted myself to keep. I called it “Take My Hand.”

Take My Hand

Take My Hand

 Thank you Molly Cooley ~ It was a pleasure to have this interview with you.

 

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