I am a glass artist and the Director of Flameworking at Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis MO. I have been making glass beads for 15 years and teach at Third Degree to the general public and Washington University students during the school year.
I have wonderful husband and two great kids, Daniel 23 and Allie 21.
I also have my Dog and two kitties!
I owned a bead store. Kind of sounds like the line in the movie Out of Africa. It was a great bead store. Tons of super cool pearls, czech glass, semi precious, African trade beads, silver, etc. I had a 9 torch studio in the back where you could learn bead making or take a class with nationally recognized artist. My sister and I owned it and we called it Sorella Beads (means sister in Italian).
Every year we would make the trip to Tucson for our buying trip. It was heaven. Wonderful weather, beautiful desert scenery and show after show of beads. The whole city is alive with it.
Have you been to the Tucson Bead shows? For anyone involved with beads it really is Mecca. It does not get any better.
It brings back some fond memories of my sister. We had a blast. We would take time to see friends, eat, explore Tucson, and just spend time together. I was our time. I lost her 3 years ago to ovarian cancer and this time of year reminds me of our trips. I just ache to go back. It's just not in my budget, but maybe one day. A girl can dream.
Miss you Becky.
I received my super cool bead soup from my wonderful partner Kristen. I promise to take some pictures of it tomorrow!