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.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I am inspired to design by the appreciation of my work by people in my life.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Gold-filled and sterling silver wire.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Elegant Night Out
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Who introduced you to beading?
My wife wanted to have a hobby when she retired so she got some wire and a DVD to learn how to wire sculpt. She asked me to try it as her hands were not strong enough. I tried it and fell in love with making jewelry.
Do you have an artistic background?
I have done woodworking for years.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through a search engine.
What other hobbies do you have?
I still do some woodworking, but the wire sculpting has become my main "hobby."
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I subscribe to a number of magazines and belong to the Pennsylvania Crafters Association.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
My jewelry making is a big part of my life. I guess some people could identify it as a part-time career; I identify it as my retirement career. It keeps my mind alert and I feel satisfied with my pieces of art. Even though I don't work on it every day, I am thinking about new designs daily.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I do have a website and attend craft fairs. The fairs are good to be able to interact with people, and I like talking with people.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated pieces of jewelry to auction at fundraisers.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
To practice, practice, practice. Put your ideas into your hands.