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!

I am a member of the ISGB, The International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Out of all of the artistic things I do, making glass beads is definitely the coolest, and I absolutely love it!

Education

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

 

Metalwork

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.

Other Interests

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.

Contact

info@amysimsdesigns.com

Location

Marietta, GA

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