Describe your artistic style. Freeform and spontaneous.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Everything.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Wire, crystals, stones, just about everything.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? My Signature Piece
What inspired this design? A stone I bought on eBay and the first wire wrapped piece I made in the late 1980s.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? It just sort of went together when I started making it.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? Spring 2009.
Who introduced you to beading? My sister.
Do you have an artistic background? Yes.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? My sister and niece.
What other hobbies do you have? Art, writing, and everything else.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I have started a business: AWEE, Art, Writing, and Everything Else, custom-made jewelry and teaching.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Friends and relatives and their friends and relatives, word of mouth. I go to bead shows. I give away inexpensive gifts at Halloween and Christmas and I give my closest friends and family members a free gift on their birthday once. Then they must buy anything else they want.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Get a mentor, or take lessons.