Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Crystal
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
New York, New York
Describe your artistic style.
I create jewelry pieces combining unusual beads, construction and colors.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am inspired by the need to share beauty in beads with everyone.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I really enjoy working with crystals, gold and silver beads, and semi-precious stones (i.e. turquoise, hematite, amber and amethyst).
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
I Saw the Sun Necklace
What inspired this design?
A wonderful sunrise in a strikingly blue sky.
How did it come together?
The piece defined itself.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began making jewelry many, many years ago, when I was cruising boutiques in the Soho District. The beads I saw were so varied and beautiful that I just had to buy some. I first tried my hand at making macaroni bead necklaces. Through the years, I have expanded the content and style of my work. I am very pleased and excited about the pieces I create.
Who introduced you to beading?
Do you have an artistic background?
I am a visual artist who has been creating for over forty years as a painter, poet, and jeweler.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I discovered Fire Mountain Gems from an ad in Ornament magazine.
What other hobbies do you have?
Playing music, reading and traveling.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I can get into making a piece and become lost, contently, in the process. I work on something regularly as one of my careers.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I used to sell at street fairs. Now I sell through my website.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do not give up on your craft.