Here I am making handmade (lampwork) glass beads, taken in the Village of the Arts at the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce Event December 8, 2008.
I enjoy creating beautiful 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, which I love to call “ART YOU CAN WEAR.”
I started working with precious metals (gold and silver) and stained glass in college in the mid 1980’s, as I majored in Jewelry Design. I enjoyed working in those mediums for several years. Then I took a glass fusing and slumping class at a local stained glass supply store and became fascinated with the effects of fusing multiple pieces of glass together. In August of 2004 I taught myself lampworking, (glass bead making, the melting glass under a torch and shaping the molten glass into a bead).
In this photo I am showing my handmade glass beads I just created to customers at Lee Shore Gallery in the Village of the Arts, at the Village Studio Tours January 2009.
In the spring of 2006 I learned silk painting and have added hand painted silk scarves to my creative designs. I loving painting the silks, it is fun and fascinating. I have painted a few silk garments for myself and would like to delve into some more in the near future.
This is a photo of one of my original designs, hand painted on 100% silk
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, and have been branching out into designing my own garments and writing my own patterns this past year. I currently teach a weekly knitting and crochet class on Sunday nights locally, which is open to the public and Free! If your interested in learning to knit or crochet or 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). You can also find more info on our group Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-Crochet-Friends/158099504222763
Center top, me crocheting an afghan for my Granddaughter, Danyelle, for her high school graduation, bottom right Bobbie making a scarf on the Knifty Knitter loom, and bottom left Carol knitting a shawl in one of our Knitting & Crochet Friends meetings March 2012
A little personal history about myself: My husband Rick, whom I have been married to for 41 years, and I have made our home in Bradenton, Florida for the past 18 years, and we love it here. We have 2 children, a son and a daughter, grown and married. They, and their wonderful spouses have given us 7 wonderful/beautiful grandchildren, ages 16 to 23. We thoroughly enjoy being grandparents and spoiling them.
I also love teaching art. (See my “Classes” page for more information and a list of all the classes I currently teach.) We enjoy spending a lot of time with our children, grandchildren and their friends teaching them art, and taking them to art shows, art museums and art galleries. Our children and grandchildren enjoy getting in my art studio and being creative whenever they come to visit. Mother’s Day 2012 two of my grandsons came over along with the younger grandson’s girlfriend. After dinner with fired up the 4 torches and had 4 of us around a table all making glass beads together. It was a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day.
My Husband Rick is a Guitar Builder, go to www.leelutherie.com to see his handmade guitars. He enjoys being creative also and dabbles with some glass fusing and glass bead making too.
My husband and I have a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and we believe He is the One Who sustains us and Who has given us the talents to be creative. We are very active at Christian Retreat Family Church here in Bradenton, Florida. www.christianretreat.org