Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2010 featuring Pearls, Organic Beads or Kato Polyclay™
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Describe your artistic style.
In my designs, I like to create a setting that highlights the natural beauty of the gemstone I am wire-wrapping. I try hard to make the gem the center of attention.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
My inspiration for my jewelry designs grew out of a necessity to make something out of the large collection of rocks, minerals and gemstones.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Virgin Valley Opal is my favorite gem. But I selected the blister pearl to wire-wrap because it was interesting all by itself.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Natural Beauty From the Sea
What inspired this design?
I spotted a blister pearl at a gem show in Cleveland a few years ago and I knew it would make an interesting pendant. Last year I noticed that Fire Mountain Gems offered blister pearls on their website. My idea was to design waves of sterling splashed above the pearls.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
1991--Trip out west. Collected material from Colorado, Idaho and Montana. Took classes at local rock shop--faceting, cutting, soldering, casting and wire-wrapping.
Do you have an artistic background?
No. I just enjoy collecting interesting rocks and gems.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Rock and Gems magazine.
What other hobbies do you have?
Gem and diamond mining, gold panning, beach combing and metal detecting.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Hobby that turned into a part-time career.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
Three websites. This is my first contest. I make the jewelry and my wife promotes and sells it.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Donate to nurse's appreciation day at a local hospital where my wife works.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Be prepared that the selling and promoting of your jewelry takes more time than designing and making it.