Jewelry Artists

Deborah Glasser

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2014 featuring Seed Beads
Grand Prize Silver Medal Winner
Category: Necklace Bib-Style

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2011 featuring Seed Beads, Glass or Acrylic

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2011 featuring Seed Beads, Glass or Acrylic
Bronze Medal Prize Winner
Category: Jewelry Design Sets

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
I live in San Jacinto, California, in Riverside County, Southern California.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Most of my inspiration comes from nature. Though I studied architecture in college, my first love has always been this amazing planet and the variety of its creatures and habitats.

What medium do you work with mostly?
Although I have explored almost every form of jewelry and body adornment from beads to intricate sewing, my first love is bead embroidery. I like its flexibility. A piece can be easy, simple, elegant and refined or as elaborate and ornate as imaginable. Sometimes I begin with a design, a sketch or just a concept. Sometimes I will even draft a detailed rendering of a particular design from start to finish. Most of the time, I just select a palette and begin beading.

Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making?
This form of jewelry making is so free. It can go anywhere. My designs can be sporty, designer, high fashion, historical, comical or customized for a specific occasion.

Where and How do you sell your jewelry?
I sell on Etsy, Facebook, Ebay and at local shows. Most business comes from satisfied customers and their referrals.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Mayan Princess

What inspired this design?
The two large pieces of turquoise and the faceted red agate. These colors and combination of metal pieces and beads reminded me of Mayan pieces.

How did it come together?
The two turquoise pieces were the first to go together. The collar began taking shape as I worked with the cabochons. I saw a beading technique in National Geographic and had to see if I could reproduce it and use it in this piece. It worked in quite well.

View all of Deborah's designs in the Gallery of Designs.

What inspired you to donate your bead(s) to Circle of Hope?

In 2007 I battled breast cancer. In remission now. Lost my Mother and Aunt and a very dear friend. This is a cause close to my heart. We need to beat this and wipe it out.