Hi, I’m Amy
and I’m a glassaholic.
Well, as far as addictions go, glass is not a bad one to have! I became a lampwork glass bead addict (I mean artist) in 2005. I took my first class from Mary Karg in Loveland, OH, and never looked back! I specialize in large hole beads that are compatible with all of the popular European bracelets like Pandora, Troll, Biagi and Chamilia. I also design and create sterling silver jewelry.
I’m a native Texan, spent 14 years in Ohio, and have been in the Atlanta area now for over 5 years. I’m a mother of two teenagers, a pilot’s wife, an artist, and a perfectionist.
And I LOVE glass!
Formal and Otherwise
As a native Texan, I’m proud to say I am also a Longhorn! I received my BS in Advertising from the University of Texas- Hook ‘em Horns! That was in 1991.
In 1996 I received my MBA from St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Now for the fun stuff! Here are the classes I have taken so far from Expert Beadmakers:
November 2005: Mary Karg
October 2006: Tink Martin
February 2007: Kim Fields
June 2007: Brad Pearson
September 2007: Jim Smircich
April 2008: Andrea Guarino-Slemmons
February 2010: Trey Cornette
April 2011: Melanie Moertel
September 2012: Sylvie Lansdowne
October 2014: Jari Sheese
In addition to creating the beads, I do the metalwork that gives them a metal “core” and bead caps. This is all cold work, meaning I do not need a torch to solder anything. I find this type of creating as satisfying as beadmaking.
Lampworking and jewelry making are not my only creative interests. I have been crafting in some capacity for as long as I can remember. Here are some of the other interests that consume my time.