Originally most interested in painting and drawing, I began to be
fascinated with beads in my early teens when I first encountered the
silverwork of Yemen and Morocco and the millefiore beads of Murano.
I developed a passion for ethnic jewelry and beads which eventually
led to the founding of my design company, Firefly Jewels. I began by
designing and constructing one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets using
gemstone, precious metal, amber and pearl beads in diverse arrangements.
Some of these pieces evoked traditional Chinese or Tibetan jewelry;
others reflected modern or whimsical ideas.
Later, I experimented with several beadweaving techniques including
gourd stitch and brick stitch; making the currently popular amulet
bags as well as one large evening bag with these techniques. Most recently
I have employed my knowledge of beadweaving to mount my new, kiln-fired
Italian glass pendants without using metal bezels; the beads continue
or contrast with the design elements of the pendants and become both
frame and mounting for the pendant.
In the summer of 2001 I began studying flameworking glass techniques
with Claudia Treacy, an experienced beadmaker and instructor in Indiana.
I am a new member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers,
and plan shortly to begin marketing my beads online. Hot glassworking,
with its remarkably ancient and varied history, seems to be the culmination
for me of a lifelong search for the perfect art.