Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Gemstones
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? San Bernardino, California
Describe your artistic style. My tastes run toward the eclectic, gathering different materials from various sources and different styles and textures of beads, gold and silver.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? The things that inspire me can all be found in nature--from a cloudy sky, or a mist rising from a babbling brook, to the beautiful colors of my dog's eyes.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Gemstones are my very favorite with Swarovski crystals and components a close second.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Sahara Sands
What inspired this design? My husband and I are avid RVers and we were camping at Emerald Cove on the Colorado River. I was working with magnesite stones that looked beautiful with the beach sand. And what is more dreamy than Sahara sand?
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? I do partially plan my designs, but as I go forward, the designs seem to capture a life of their own as they evolve beneath my fingers!
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I first started making hatpins because I love the old fashioned ones you can't find anymore. So I started making my own. And that was just the tip of the iceberg and a short jump to big and better things!
Who introduced you to beading? Found it all by myself!
Do you have an artistic background? Somewhat, I was until I retired. The owner of a flower shop for almost 35 years. After I retired, I needed another artistic outlet, so I took up beading.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? From the internet. And might I add that you have a WONDERFUL website and catalogs. I love you guys so much that I have traveled from California to Oregon to take your tour. Your employees are all so glorious, it was a joy to visit with them!
What other hobbies do you have? I enjoy gardening, RVing and partying with family and friends.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? For me, jewelry-making supplies an outlet for my creativity. When we go RVing, I take it all with me (that's quite a chore).
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I've only entered one contest at Fire Mountain Gems. I am working on a website and I send out email slide shows to friends.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I'm working with my daughter to do a fundraiser for her daughter's soccer team. It is still in the works.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? My advice to newbies is to just go for it! Go to Fire Mountain Gems' instructions and learn the techniques. Then you can supply the creativity and imagination!