Mary Brown

Mary Brown

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Glass


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Bay City, Michigan

Describe your artistic style.
I like funky.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Magazines, colors and fashion.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Crystal Visions Necklace

What inspired this design?
I was inspired by a picture.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
Not too much planning, but I did try to keep it kind of uniform.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
About eight years ago, people were starting to make jewelry and I figured I could do it too.

Do you have an artistic background?
I am creative--I sew and usually like to change something when I buy it. I usually see things as something different than they really are.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
A friend gave me a catalog.

What other hobbies do you have?
Sewing--blinging out almost anything. I am a hair dresser so I love creating styles with up-do's and cutting.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Hobby--I do mostly special order items at the time. I used to sell at a studio but they changed direction with their artistic style.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have made special pieces for auctions and other events.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Unless I am doing bridal jewelry--I never repeat a design--I think people knowing that they have a one-of-a-kind design is special.