Chris Lewis-King

Chris Lewis-King

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2011 featuring Gemstones


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Binghamton, New York

Describe your artistic style.
Classy with a touch of quirkiness.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color, texture and form.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Medium/large cabochon gemstones enhanced with #15 seed beads.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Ode to Mother Nature

What inspired this design?
Each stone tells a story with its unique colors and patterns. I tried to enhance their earthy qualities.

How did it come together?
It started as semi thought out and then finished itself.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
About 3 years ago, a friend made a necklace and it inspired me to learn and take classes.

Do you have an artistic background?
Yes, as a musician and educator. Visual and textural arts have evolved out of the need to be creative.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Through my first jewelry-making class.

What other hobbies do you have?
Trumpet performance, tole painting, sewing and power walking.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is a necessity to help bring out the ideas that swirl around in my brain! Currently (due to time), this is a hobby that I would like to evolve into a career in the near future.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
This is my first contest and I marvel at all of the beautiful pieces that others have created!

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
As a public school educator, participation/teaching is an ongoing event.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy what you choose and let it evolve. Purchase the best/right tools to make the process successful.