Name: Silke Buechler a.k.a. Calypso’s Beads
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.
When 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 …
What 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..)
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:
And this set is also rememberable for me: