Well it all started when I was little. I first saw a man working glass in a flame making glass animals. Well since I grew up running around my mom’s pet shop I grew up with a love of animals. Mainly dogs and cats but I love horses and little furry critters too. I collected as many glass animals as I could ( or I should say) as many as I could talk my grandmother “LALA” into buying me. I still have them today and look at them often. I forgot about glass for many years but always wanted to try my hand at making those wonderful items in the flame.
Then one day back in 1998 I saw a class being offered at Callenwolde Art Center to make glass beads with a torch. Well I couldn’t do this alone so I recruited my sister to take the class with me. Well enough said……. We were both addicted after the first night. I couldn’t believe that we could take these wonderful colors of glass rods and turn them into beads…. At first I was happy just making beads… Didn’t do anything with them, just looked at my pretty beads and strung them all on a line which I still have today hanging by my torch.
Then in 2002 my sister said we should go on vacation and go to Milwaukee, WI. WHY?? Why would we want to go to Milwaukee, WI for vacation? Well, the biggest bead show in the country is there, The Bead and Button Show. We signed up for classes and we took a week and went up there. Well after we got back I was hooked on beading….. The next year we took Mom with us and then we were all hooked. So that was that and now we all have lots of beads and glass and there isn’t enough time in the day to do every thing we want to do.
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