What attracted you to glass:
I actually started beading first, and loved it. I used to watch the show That’s Clever, and one day a lampworker was on. I never knew it was possible to make your own beads! Once I tried it I was hooked – but that’s usually how it goes!
Many glass artists have training in other art mediums. Do you? If yes, please explain.
Nope. Unless you count the two sketching/charcoal drawing classes I took in High School.
Describe the first bead you made that you were really proud of? Are you still proud of it now? (Please send a photo if you have one.)
It was actually a set. Believe it or not I just sold it this winter. It was a set of rounds made of ivory and light turquoise.
What inspires you?
The glass and warm weather.
Do you have a plan when you sit down to torch? Do you sketch beads or have photos around for reference?
Sometimes I have an idea in my head, but I try not to do that. It never comes out the way I pictured it, and then I get frustrated. Most of the time I just go with what feels right at the moment.
Photography seems to be a key element for any glass artist. What type of camera / lightbox set up do you use?
I just bought a new camera – a
The same thing I make now. I just make what I like, and if someone else likes it, that’s great! If not, oh well. Eventually someone will come looking for it.
What kind of jewelry do you wear? Everyday vs. out on the town?
Everyday. I almost always have lampwork around my neck, even if it is as simple as a focal on a cord or chain.
What is the one skill you wish came easier to you?
Shaping beads freehand (like rounds). It takes me way too long so I just don’t bother. I’m much too impatient.
What do you love about marketing your business? What’s the hardest part of marketing it?
The thing I love most is seeing my work on display online in my shops, on twitter, and on facebook. I like to be able to look at my creations. It gives me motivation and ideas. It’s much easier to look online than to pull out all my containers and look at the beads themselves! I enjoy web design, too, so creating my site was really fun.
The hard part is reaching people and setting prices, especially in this economy. I think because it is difficult to reach people now, I am having a hard time establishing a name for myself and proving that my work is worth buying.
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