Maurita Wolf

Maurita Wolf

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010
featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads,
Wirework and Chain

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Corvallis, Oregon

Describe your artistic style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Color. I love matching pearls with the colors on stone backs, especially jaspers and agates.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I am a pearl addict. I am amazed at the peacock colors and ever increasing assortment of shapes.

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

What inspired this design?
I was learning to make wire-covered components and wanted to make a bib-style necklace, then just kept adding stuff.

How did it come together?
Started the project with a plan, however, as I began working on it, it changed.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
My mother introduced me to beading when I was about six years old and taught me to make seed bead earrings from there. I have tried every technique I could and still try new ones when I can.

Do you have an artistic background?
My mother inspired all my brothers and sisters to be creative and now we have in our family a professional oceanscape painter, landscape architect, custom furniture builder and me.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
I have been ordering beads from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads since it was a small magazine-sized catalog consisting mostly of turquoise beads.

What other hobbies do you have?
My husband and I travel the globe discovering new daring destinations. I often incorporate items I have found on the bottom of the ocean into my wirework designs.

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
I host a small weekly beading group at my home. We collectively teach newcomers. It is amazing to watch them grow into their own style.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Jewelry-making is my passion, I design in my head while driving and I keep a pad of paper with me to jot down ideas while working. I sooooo wish I could do full time.

If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website ( and I sell at local craft fairs. I also have private showings. This is my first contest entry.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
I often donate pieces to local charity auctions.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Practice, try it, if you don't like it, take it apart and try again.