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I began ceramic bead making about 15 years ago when I couldn't find beads with holes large enough for the macrame jewelry I was making at the time. Once I got started I couldn't stop. Seven years ago I became a member of the Yahoo Group Beads oF Clay and have been so happy to find a community of ceramic beaders. They all do lovely work and have been an inspiration. Currently I write a weekly blog post for the Beads-of-Clay blog and am one of its blog Administrators.
My ceramic beads, pendants and toggle clasps have been published in a number of beading magazines including Beadwork, Bead Trends, Bead Style, Stringing, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Australian Bead Magazine, Step by Step Wire Jewelry and Beads 2009,2010 and 2011.
I enjoy including natural plants and colors in my work. One day I discovered that ceramic beads are a natural for free form peyote stitch so now I include my handmade beads,…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 9
  • Joined January 7, 2006

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ceramic clay, seed beads, copper, copper sheet metal, fiber

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About

I began ceramic bead making about 15 years ago when I couldn't find beads with holes large enough for the macrame jewelry I was making at the time. Once I got started I couldn't stop. Seven years ago I became a member of the Yahoo Group Beads oF Clay and have been so happy to find a community of ceramic beaders. They all do lovely work and have been an inspiration. Currently I write a weekly blog post for the Beads-of-Clay blog and am one of its blog Administrators.
My ceramic beads, pendants and toggle clasps have been published in a number of beading magazines including Beadwork, Bead Trends, Bead Style, Stringing, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Australian Bead Magazine, Step by Step Wire Jewelry and Beads 2009,2010 and 2011.
I enjoy including natural plants and colors in my work. One day I discovered that ceramic beads are a natural for free form peyote stitch so now I include my handmade beads, cabachons and pendants in my freeform work.
For all of my adult life I have been involved in the creation of art: from California to England and to Berlin. From photography to drawing to carving and to ceramic bead work. I feel happy when I can use my hands and imagination to create beautiful jewelry. I also am happy when I can serve the needs of others and find that art and social work go together as well as ceramic beads and freeform peyote stitch. So that is how I have bee able find balance in my creative and working life.

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