Summer Horses Necklace
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
Colorful and bold! My designs are myself! I put my personality into every piece.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My love and desire to create something--every day is colorful and has the ability to make someone smile. I like pretty things!
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Acrylic paints, natural stones and copper.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Summer Horses Necklace
What inspired this design?
The long winters in Minnesota inspire me to think of green grass and blue skies. I love painting animals in motion, especially horses. They are a beautiful animal.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I think or imagine the piece first. Then after drawing and painting on the copper I have great fun picking gemstones, pearls and other metals to compliment the pendant.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Six years ago my last child was born, I wanted to find a way to stay home with my kids. I was determined! I have always been creative.
Who introduced you to beading?
My husband. He was a semi-professional jewelry designer and, years before he met me, he had sold his designs at arts and crafts shows. He gave me all his "old stuff."
Do you have an artistic background?
I am a painter and have a brother who is a painter as well. My whole life I have been fascinated with color, but it wasn't until I began to design jewelry that my artistic abilities really began to flow!
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I was having great success at selling my designs and I needed to find a place to "one stop shop" for all my materials. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads was highly recommended by another jeweler. I love your website!
What other hobbies do you have?
Painting on canvas; dogs, cats and horses on realism with color backgrounds. I also have a children's playroom in which I spend many hours painting childlike scenes on the walls and letting my own children help paint too.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No. I am busy designing and on the road selling. My family takes up just about all of my free time.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
This is my full-time career. I am blessed to make a living at such a fun and relaxing hobby. I love to get my hands into a bead tray every day.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I attend about 20 of the top arts and crafts fairs on the upper Midwest from March-December.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have given many pieces away to many groups who ask for a donation for their cause. It is an honor for me to help in any way I can.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Never give up. Start out small and over time you will start to grow. Put yourself into your designs and you will stand apart from the rest.
View all of Connie's designs in the Gallery of Designs.