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Born and raised in a small farming community in western New York State. My Grandmother taught my sister and me to thread a needle at a young age. I learned to stitch in all manner of techniques. Together we shared our love of creating items to be used or adorned. Having a needle and thread in my hand is second nature. While my sister took to quilting I discovered beads!
Through a friend, I took a class on how to make my own beads. Faith Davis Ferris of My Quest II Studio at Honeoye Lake, NY, enticed me with the flame. When I moved to Las Vegas I discovered lapidary, wire wrapping, Art Clay Silver and Glass Fusing. Self taught, I developed my beading from the internet and magazines; adding all these elements to my creations makes them interesting and fun. While inspired by different artists, I don't copy their artwork.
When I relocated to Northern Virginia in 2009, one of the first things I did was join the Northern Virginia Bead Society (NVBS). This is where my beading has truly developed into a honed skill. As a group, NVBS is able to attract top artists to present and teach new ideas and techniques. Burke Gems & Beads in Virginia is my new home for beads, classes and inspiration.
On a personal note, I am enjoying remodeling my home, working with my son in his business, outings with my grandchildren and creating jewelry that is truly one-of-a-kind piece. I am 60 plus years young and eventually I will retire. But not yet!
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