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Joan Babcock

Joan Babcock

My passion for arts and crafts started as soon as I was old enough to hold a crayon and a pair of safety scissors. My mother was an artist and I remember being fascinated with her cluttered crafts ''shack'' that was tucked away in the basement and overflowing with raffia, brightly colored paper flowers, paints, brushes and every kind of art supply imaginable. From painting to ceramics to quilting, there was always an art or craft project in process in our house. ...read more


Jill Atkins

Jill Atkins

At the age of 43 I took the opportunity to attend one of Kenneth D. King's classes. He was wonderful and opened up a whole new world to me about beading. Three years later I enrolled in a fashion design course in San Francisco. As is so often the case, I took a different direction from the work that I thought I would do. ...read more


Rhonda Guy

Rhonda Guy

As a member of an extremely artistic family, I often wondered why the "artistic gene" had bypassed me. Then, one day, I happened upon a table of beads and jewelry-making supplies at a flea market. I was, of course, mesmerized. I took home a small selection and started "playing" with them. I smile when I remember my first efforts and how proud I was of them. Happily, once I got started, I couldn't stop. I discovered Fire Mountain Gems and Beads shortly thereafter. The rest, as they say, is history. ...read more


Louise Duhamel

Louise Duhamel

Louise Duhamel is an award winning artist and nationally recognized jewelry teacher. She is a senior level instructor with Art Clay World and a Level 2 instructor with PMC Connection. In addition to teaching throughout the US and abroad, Louise is dedicated to experimenting with new techniques and applications in order to be continually moving forward, discovering new ideas. ...read more


Judith A. Bean

Judith A. Bean

I was born with arts and crafts in my blood. I have done and tried almost everything in this large field. Early years were spent with oil paints on canvas and then every other kind of paint. As family grew, I continued with fiber and weaving, and on and on. Then I got involved with leather and Indian-style handi-work, which needs beads. Oh my! If I had known ...read more


Marcia Acker-Missall

Marcia Acker-Missall

Marcia Acker-Missall ''a.k.a. the frog lady'' is a teacher and designer-artist featured in many of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads back cover ads. Like many designer-artists, Marcia has been gifted with a passion for creating since she can first remember. She describes herself as a work in progress, similar to her art dolls, beaded art-to-wear and other whimsical creations. Marcia works with a broad mixed-media palette of fabrics, fibers, textures, beads, charms, clay, metals and more. ...read more


Maria Del Pinto

Maria Del Pinto

Multi-media artist Maria Del Pinto has been featured in a number of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads advertisements. One of her most recent pieces is a knitted top embellished with glass lampwork beads showcased on the backcover of Make it Mine magazine. ...read more


Lori Anderson

Lori Anderson

''Love what you do. If you love it, it shows in your work.''

Expert advice from successful jewelry-artist, Lori Anderson. She loves creating jewelry and you can see it in each of her designs. ...read more


Rachel Savage

Rachel Savage

It started out simple, just stringing plastic beads together as a child. Then as I got older, I wanted jewelry to match an outfit, so I found myself stringing "grown-up" beads together. But the real fire started around 2003 when I started experimenting with wire, and I haven't been able to stop since. I'm sure there are days my husband wishes I hadn't found Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, but he's spared the task of gifting me with jewelry outside of supplies and equipment. ...read more


Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer

'' ... I have always felt that the more experiences you have in life, the more you are able to offer in your work. On my journey, living life, exploring and unfolding as an artist, I find inspiration for my work in various mediums. Watching a bird run back and forth with the tide creates a beautiful rhythm that can be transformed into a three-dimensional form. The visual impact, the color and condition of a dilapidated barn can be captured in a piece of metal. ...read more


Catherine Ross

Catherine Ross

Jewelry-making has become a central part of my life, and my living room ...read more


Valerie Aharoni

Valerie Aharoni

It seems like a dream--a fantasy still going on over there in the corner ...read more


Jama Watts

Jama Watts

Jewelry making is my life ...read more


Kaaren Poole

Kaaren Poole

As a multimedia designer, Kaaren Poole is an inspiration to designer-artists who want to use their jewelry-making passion to help charities close to their hearts. Through her creative endeavors, Kaaren supports animal rescue programs and founded her own non-profit organizationWild Hare Art for Animals. ...read more


Caito Amorose

Caito Amorose

Caito finds the most joy in designing jewelry that others commission for a special occasion--especially weddings or other sacred events that hold a promise. This provides a wonderful opportunity to assist others as they celebrate a milestone or embark upon a journey. ...read more


Tamara Allison

Tamara Allison

I usually come up with a general idea and/or design and allow my materials, mood, and mistakes to guide me to the completion of a piece. Using an intuitive technique, I use free-form peyote, brick stitch and others to create flowing artworks or asymmetrical designs. My main love is seed beads, both in structured and intuitive beadwork. Accent beads are merely resting places for the eye to stop while enjoying the movement of the seed beads. ...read more


Melissa Lew Bradford

Melissa Lew Bradford

As an American-born Chinese, my style is very East meets West--modern Asian. My work is strongly influenced by my Chinese heritage, especially the culture's deep respect and esteem for nature. I am most proud of Transcendence 3, a series of three metal clay pendants celebrating the annual Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. This series won 1st place in the clay hobbyist category and overall Best in Show: Handmade Beads in the first annual Bead Museum of Washington D.C.'s Celebrating Beads International Jewelry Design Competition. I planned this piece out months in advance; I changed some things in the process, but in the end, the final pieces looked essentially like my concept drawing. ...read more


Kathy St. Martin

Kathy St. Martin

With many years (25+) of exposure in the jewelry industry, I have worn just about every possible hat there is. I have seen just about everything! That makes me pull from so many avenues for inspiration. As a creative artist and nature lover outside this industry, I couple many parts of me into my creations. I have so many life experiences of how the industry works for me which I love to share with both the consumer and my students. I want the best from all of my experiences because I want to give that to my students. ...read more


Michela Verani

Michela Verani

I find inspiration both in the materials which are on my bench at the moment and also in my surroundings. Sometimes the materials I have collected seem to lead me in directions that I might not ordinarily go, and at other times, something that has happened or something I have seen will inspire me to recreate a design for that moment. ...read more


Lana (Svetlana) May

Lana (Svetlana) May

Lana (Svetlana) May recalls admiring her grandmother's beaded bride's purse as a child in Uzbekistan. She received her first degree in mechanical engineering and a second degree in clothing and accessory design, then owned a clothing-design firm and began designing jewelry to wear with her evening wear. ...read more


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