Flower Garden Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2014 featuring Creative Clays Gold Medal Grand Prize Winner Category: Necklace
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? I am in Japan. I was very surprised and excited about being the grand prize winner.
It was middle of night over here in Japan when I read your email that I am the grand prize winner of the clay contest. I was so shocked and woke my husband up and told him that I won the grand prize, saying, "It is the grand prize!"
What inspires you as a designer-artist? The atmosphere of the work of art is important. And also to make the clay pieces durable, all parts that I made are water proof.
What medium do you work with mostly? Clay arts.
I have never tried to apply to any clay contest before, so when I knew about air dry clay designs are qualified for the Fire Mountain Gems contest entry, I decided to take the challenge.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Flower Garden
What inspired this design? When I was making the flowers, I was thinking if I should make a hole on each petals or should I put several petals together into one and what kind of design that I wanted to create. So I came up with an image (idea) of the design and started working on it and I made a modification while I was working on it.
For this piece, I wanted to make a beaded embroidery design so I make it cabochon style so I could do stitching works around. The image of the piece is a garden full of flowers, blossom of many flowers.
When I put different flower parts together, I like to make them in an intimate neutral color look and so the flowers around the main flowers will support each other to create unity.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? After I graduated from Tama Art University with a major in oil painting, I started an art and design class for kids at my house. After a while, my mother suggested to me to try beading. I found myself fascinated by flower motifs and wanted to make flower parts.
It took about a year for me to practice and to think what kind of flower pieces I wanted to create and eventually I started my flower accessories business and later got requests from customers to sell them flower parts.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Actually I met a couple of people from your company at the Tucson show this year and had a chance talk to them a little bit. I plan to attend the show next year as well so if you see me at the show, please feel free to stop me.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? Now I have a website (narumido.com) that sells accessory kits and clay parts. I have been in this business for almost 12 years. Compared to teaching, I like to work on designs more.