Melody Waterman

Angel Box

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?

Describe your artistic style.
Whimsical Romantic.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I love creating something beautiful out of something simple. I live in the country and one of my favorite activities is to take long walks, where I enjoy the beauty and solitude, and my mind can be free and creative. I can be at my workbench creating a design and sometimes my creativity process is interrupted. When this happens I go for a walk, and the beauty of the trees and mountains refreshes my mind and I am inspired and my creativity returns. Then I can't wait to get back to my work room and finish my design.

A person has a choice. They can have a job, or they can work for a company that makes a difference. Fire Mountain Gems has made such a difference in my life. I get to work with very creative people and I am always inspired by them.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with metal clay, Kato Polyclay™, crystals, seed beads, gemstones, wire, Omni-Gel™, etc, etc, etc. I love to work with any material that comes my way. I just love working with different materials, and finding unique ways to use them.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Angel Box

What inspired this design?
I needed to make an illustrated use for the Fire Mountain Gems catalog using "Omni Gel" and I thought it would be great to make a jewelry box from a simple little gem vial. It is one of my favorites.

How did it come together?
After I chose the picture and created the transfer the design defined itself.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
Years ago I was asked to create something to donate to an employee fundraiser. In our lunch room there were some cylinder shaped sugar and cream dispensers, and I visualized candle holders. I found some pictures of Angels, glued them to the dispensers, added some embellishments, attached some canning jar lids and rings to the top and before I knew it they were beautiful candle holders. I was so proud of them. My candle holders were a hit, and I was on my way to creating more beautiful designs for Fire Mountain Gems, family and friends. I have also donated many designs to charitable organizations.

Who introduced you to beading?
I knew very little about jewelry before I started working for Fire Mountain Gems. Then the world opened up to me. It has been such a blessing to work here.

Do you have an artistic background?
I have always been creative but I have never had any formal training.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
In 1994, I was working as a cashier for a small local drugstore. We just sold our home and my family wanted to move to the ''valley'' where I was raised. One day, I had an interview at the grocery store, where I worked years ago. Well, after the interview I was so happy and I just knew that I had the job, so I decided to treat myself to lunch at a small Mexican Restaurant. A few of my friends came in and asked me why I was there, I told them that we just sold our house and if I got the job we were going to move back to the ''valley''.

While I was enjoying my lunch I noticed another couple at the restaurant and had no idea who they were. After they finished their lunch Stuart came to my table and asked me if I had ever been a receptionist? I told him no. I have my resume in the car-would you like a copy? He said yes….. The following week Chris and Stuart were shopping at the drugstore, and went thru my cashier line. They encouraged me to apply at Fire Mountain Gems, and I did. That very same week, I had an interview with Chris, Stuart and their dog (PC). PC must have liked me because I was hired and started working the following week. Some jobs are meant to be and Fire Mountain Gems is one of them. Before I worked at Fire Mountain Gems I didn't even know what a jumpring was, I had never touched a computer and look at me now. I am so grateful to Chris and Stuart for the many opportunities. I am so happy to be part of the Fire Mountain Gems Family.

What other hobbies do you have?
I crochet, write poetry, and love to bake.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
Not at this time, but who knows!!!

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making has been such a positive part of my life. When I am creating, the world goes away and I am free. I am in another world where there are so many possibilities.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
No. I love to donate my designs and give them as gifts to family and friends.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I have donated some of my jewelry to "Zonta", my church and the "Boys and Girls Club" for their fundraisers.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Enjoy the time you have and create. There are endless possibilities for you.

View all of Melody's designs in the Gallery of Designs.