CHRISTINA M. LEE
I enjoy creating beautiful, elegant art jewelry out of all different elements: glass, precious metals and clay. I love creating beautiful things for myself, and for you to wear and enjoy. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted by myself here in my studio, and each piece is a one-of-a-kind, thus it becomes my: “ELEGANT ART YOU CAN WEAR.”
I started working with precious metals (gold and silver) and stained glass in college in the mid 1980’s, when I majored in Jewelry Design. I enjoyed working in those mediums for several years. Then I took a glass fusing and slumping class and became fascinated with the effects of fusing multiple pieces of glass together in a kiln. In August of 2004 I taught myself lampworking or flameworking, (glass bead making, wherein a glass bead is created by melting glass rods under a torch and shaping the molten glass into a bead, as shown in the picture above). My husband laughingly says we have a foundry (4 kilns and multiple torches).
In this photo I am showing my just finished handcrafted glass beads before they
have been removed from the rods, to customers at Lee Shore Gallery in the
Village of the Arts, at the Village Studio Tours.
In the spring of 2006 I learned silk painting and added hand painted, original design silk scarves to my handcrafted creations. I loving painting on the silks, it is fun and fascinating. I have painted a few silk garments for myself also and would like to delve into some more in the future.
In 2009 I returned to needle arts after a 25 year sabbatical. I am again enjoying creating lovely garments by knitting and crocheting, mostly crochet. I have been branching out into designing my own garments, and writing and publishing my own crochet patterns the past few years (check my blog posts for my Free Crochet Patterns, they are also published on Ravelry and Craftsy). I discovered Free Form Crochet a January 2013 (crocheting without a pattern, creating as you go using different textures, types, and thicknesses of yarns, and different stitches).
This is my Award Winning, Free Form Wall Hanging titled “Blues”, besides all different colors, textures
and types of blue yarn, I have incorporated some of my fused glass in this piece and also some
of my lampwork glass beads. ‘Blues’ has a home on my Dinning Room Wall. I would love
to create a special wall hanging just for you. All fiber arts are created in a smoke free, pet free environment.
In adding to my fiber arts, I have recently I have started learning yarn spinning and weaving. I don’t any pics of that yet to share as I am still learning.
I currently lead a weekly knitting and crochet group on Sunday nights here in Bradenton, Florida, which is open to the public. Come join us, everyone is welcome. If your interested in learning to knit, crochet or loom knit I would love to teach you for Free! If you already know how and would like to gather with other needle artists for a fun evening, please contact me (all types of needle/fabric artists are welcome, quilters, cross stitch, needle point, spinners, weavers). You can also find more info on our group Facebook page at: Knitting & Crochet Friends
Center top, me crocheting an afghan for my Granddaughter, Danyelle, which was a high school
graduation gift for her. Bottom right Bobbie making a scarf on the Knifty Knitter loom. Bottom left
Carol knitting a shawl. This is one of our Knitting & Crochet Friends meetings.