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My first craft project was a valentine for my dad when I was two. I haven’t stopped crafting since. I had plans to run off to New York City to become a fashion designer until I discovered clay my senior year in high school. I received my BFA in ceramics at Indiana University four years later. After working in a fabric store through college and then as a corporate floral designer for a year, I set out to be self employed. I have been self employed for 15 years, first making tiles, and then ceramic beads, buttons, and jewelry. You have probably seen my work in craft , beading, or sewing publications because I love to write and design projects. I also wrote the book, Ceramic Bead Jewelry. I have recently started designing for license. I currently have a line of fabrics with In The Beginning Fabrics, ribbons with Renaissance Ribbons, and some other products in the works.
The Handmade Process
Every bead or button is formed by hand into it’s desired shape. The pieces are slowly dried and then are fired in an electric kiln to 2000 degrees. They are individually glazed with tiny brushes. After the underglaze colors are applied then two coats of clear glaze are painted on the bead. They are placed back in the kiln for a second firing, this time on a special bead holder.
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