Handcrafted Artisan Glass Bead Jewelry
LavenderJewelry = What happens when a glass blower obtains job at organic lavender farm.
I received my BFA from Alfred University (near Corning NY) and had the opportunity to study art in Italy and Mexico. 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 nearly twenty 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 where I live with my husband and our two young daughters. We keep chickens and a garden with a ridiculous number unusual lavender species.