Interview: Beadruby

Beadruby: Inside the lampworker\'s studio!

I came across Beadruby on Etsy and wanted to share her beautiful lampwork beads!

Shop name:

My shop name is Beadruby
The URL is Beadruby.etsy.com

Tell me a little about yourself…

My name is Joanie Coffey-Taylor…I live in Seattle, Washington. I have made things with my hands for all of my life…and it makes my world seem right to be engaged in creative activity…I’ve worked with many textile techniques…including handmade clothing, batik, Seminole patchwork, and needlepoint. hollow glass bead necklaceThen followed a few years of drawing, and acrylic and watercolor painting…Then unexpectedly, I became mesmerized by the beauty and the challenge of working with hot glass…That happened 4 years ago…

What are your main inspirations?

I love color…I try to take time to slow down so that I can see things very well…I am inspired by my time in nature…my gardens…the wind in the trees…birds… and plants. When I work on a piece I keep going until I reach the point where the color and form of it hums….it’s as tho I can lampwork braceletalmost hear a sound when I get it “right”…

What is your favorite material?

Of course I love glass..While working with hot glass you don’t think about anything else, because the heat is so intense…It’s enjoyable to be so focused…But honestly, my favorite materials to work with are paint and canvas…but I keep those for myself…

What new technique or craft has caught your eye lately? Want to try anything new?

I keep looking at hand-stitched beads made with glass seed beads….Also, I may add some silver smithing into my jewelry designs…

vessel of pink necklaceWhat new item in you shop are you excited about?

I really enjoy making the necklaces with multiple large hollow beads…I love the mixing color and pattern up into something unique…never been seen before…and beautiful…

What advice do you have for indie business owners/designers?

Do what you love…make it hum…

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