Cayman Magic Finalist 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Divide, CO
Describe your artistic style. Eclectic
What inspires you as a designer-artist? The world around me, the colors, the beauty, the challenge of translating all that into beads.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Seed beads and crystals.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Cayman Magic
What inspired this design? A visit to the turtle farm on Grand Caymen Island.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? The turtles came first and it danced around in my head for a long time. Then came the lampworked starfish and other fishes. Then it all came together, from head to fingertips.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? 25 years ago I wanted a pair of beaded earrings, couldn't afford them, so I figured out how to make them.
Do you have an artistic background? I worked as a floral designer for 20 years.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? It's been so long ago I don't really remember, but I think it was through the local bead store.
What other hobbies do you have? Reading and collecting sand.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? Rocky Mountain Bead Society--An informed group of beaders that meet each Sunday morning.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I bead four to six hours a day. I create, I test instructions, I do commissions, I bead from kits, articles and classes.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I do a couple of art fairs a year. I have a website- www.sharonrawson.com, and I teach.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Do what you love doing.