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From: Alaska

How long have you been doing your art/craft? Eight years

What is your specialty? Jewelry made of clay, glass, metal, leather and wood.

 

“Crafting has been a part of my life since I was a child. Today, my main interests are stained and fused glass, silversmithing, pottery, lapidary, and jewelry design. I often use all of these skills in the jewelry I make.

“Finding unusual ideas for jewelry is fun. My designs come from many sources: a design in fabric, a piece of gnarled wood, a texture from a spackled wall, or the shape of a cactus flower. I use different kinds of beads in necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other jewelry. Working with unusual colors, shapes, sizes and textures is fun–and a challenge.

“I started making jewelry from fused glass and wire, thanks to my friend Rose Young . I fought her off for several months but finally gave in to her constant harassing. I’m glad I did because it’s the most relaxing way for me to spend retirement–next to playing the ukulele.

“Sun City has many clubs, and I had to try most of them to find where I was most comfortable. The Clay Club has been the most recent, and I have been making pieces to use in my jewelry. I felt some passion for the Stained/Fused Glass Club because the techniques used there give me freedom to use my own designs. I have donated stained glass and jewelry pieces to good causes and I know they will be enjoyed by those who receive them.”

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