Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Swarovski crystal
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Newman, California
Describe your artistic style. My style is an eclectic mixture of natural stones, Swarovski crystals, pearls and glass.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? What inspires me as a designer-artist is primarily the shapes and colors of nature.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? The materials I enjoy most are Swarovski crystals, natural stones and recently I have discovered pearls.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Katie's Day
What inspired this design? My stepdaughter's wedding day.
How did it come together? I planned only the colors and the elements. It defined itself from there.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I began with a simple pair of earrings to wear to work almost a year ago and have been hooked since then.
Who introduced you to beading? No one, just something I wanted to try.
Do you have an artistic background? I've had no formal training. I've enjoyed drawing since childhood (in both pencil and ink) and have dabbled in watercolor.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? I discovered Fire Mountain Gems by browsing the internet.
What other hobbies do you have? Cooking, crafts, listening to music, browsing antique shops and out of the way jewelry/mineral shops. Most of all enjoy spending time with my husband.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I find jewelry-making very relaxing. At the moment it is a hobby, but I would like to turn it into a career, either part-time or full-time.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? At the moment, it does not give me any income. This is my first contest and I plan to attend some craft fairs in the coming years.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? In early fall I donated several pieces to a fundraising events for a local youth group.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Believe in yourself and create your feelings.