Andrea Kiernan's Profile

About

Welcome to LavenderJewelry http://LavenderJewelry.etsy.com

LavenderJewelry = What happens when a glass blower obtains job at organic lavender farm.

I had the opportunity to study art in Mexico and Italy, and received a BFA from Alfred University (near Corning NY) in 2002. After training as a traditional glassblower and exploring metal and glass casting techniques I made the move across the country to San Juan Island. The island lies off the Northwest Coast of Washington State; part-way between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC and is only accessible by ferry or small plane.

The glass job that brought me to the island was seasonal and I ended up finding what I thought would be short-term work at the local organic lavender farm. Fast forward thirteen years later and I still work at the farm, designing and selling…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 3
  • Joined October 6, 2007

Favorite materials

Molten Glass in shades of purple, Gemstones, Sterling Silver, Swarovski Crystals, Vintage Beads, Botanical Findings, silk ribbons, bali silver, turquoise, peacock pearls, lavender sachet buds, dried lavender flowers, lampwork beads

About

Welcome to LavenderJewelry http://LavenderJewelry.etsy.com

LavenderJewelry = What happens when a glass blower obtains job at organic lavender farm.

I had the opportunity to study art in Mexico and Italy, and received a BFA from Alfred University (near Corning NY) in 2002. After training as a traditional glassblower and exploring metal and glass casting techniques I made the move across the country to San Juan Island. The island lies off the Northwest Coast of Washington State; part-way between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC and is only accessible by ferry or small plane.

The glass job that brought me to the island was seasonal and I ended up finding what I thought would be short-term work at the local organic lavender farm. Fast forward thirteen years later and I still work at the farm, designing and selling value-added handcrafted lavender products. The 25,000 lavender plants that thrive there are annually blooming inspiration for my original lavender glass bead designs.

The miniature-sculpted flower heads are, for me, a way of preserving the fleeting excitement of the fields in full bloom so that they can be enjoyed as adornments year round. I create each and every one-of-a-kind glass lavender bead and assemble the lavender jewelry at my home studio at the end of a long dirt road, in the Pacific Northwest's rainforest-like woods where I live with my husband and our two young daughters. We keep chickens and honeybees and a garden with a ridiculous number unusual lavender species.

Looking for just the lavender glass beads? You can find them here in my other etsy shop
https://www.etsy.com/shop/lavenderbeads

www.lavenderbeads.com
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Etsy : lavenderbeads.etsy.com and lavenderjewelry.etsy.com



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