When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started making jewelry in 1998 when I began working at Fire Mountain Gems.
Who introduced you to beading? I began working in customer service and at that time there weren't many resources on how to make jewelry or uses of products available. I couldn't stand not knowing how something worked when I'd need to explain it to a customer so I began ordering product and trying it out.
Do you have an artistic background? My mother is an artist so I grew up surrounded by beautiful artwork. She works in a multitude of mediums which is probably where I get my inspiration for the unusual.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? I walked in the door looking for a job. I had no idea what the product they sold was until the interview.
What other hobbies do you have? Working with paper products--cards, counted cross-stitch, knitting.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Because I work at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, my main focus is the customer. I want to make sure the customer has a great experience every time they call. Jewelry-making for me is a hobby that I have the privilege of indulging in whenever the creative mood takes me.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Don't be afraid to try new things. Most of the jewelry I've done has been symmetrical in nature, but the piece I enjoyed the most and am most proud of was a piece that I just let the materials talk to me. Jewelry-making should be a fun process that allows your creativity to flow and sometimes that means messy not perfectly matched up. Enjoy the process.