Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Making a list and checking it twice, plus cool beads!

It's been ages since I last posted! Work has been super busy which is good. On the horizon is Bead and Button and preparing for classes and Meet the Teachers night. Make sure you come and see if you are going to be there. 

But what would a post be without eye candy. Here are some of MY favorite beadmakers that everyone should know. 

First is Kate Fowle. One of our historic beadmakers who blazed the trail for all of us. She is also drawn to nature, and many of her beads are pod like, and she was a major influence in my interpretation of pods. 

Barbara Becker Simon has always pushed the envelope for me. She has something new at her booth each year I see her. Not only are her beads killer but her jewelry design is spot on.

Harold Williams Cooney or Happy Harold is a beadmaking stud. He puts out an amazing amount of work and each piece is baller.
Since I am a cold working fool and love me a belt sander his cold working is drool worthy. My sister collected his work and when she bought a special piece Harold would write a note to  thank her for supporting him in his passion to create.

 Jim Jones is my hero. Probably one of my favorite bead artist ever
(and I tell him that every year, plus his wife Lani is not to shabby either!). He is another one of our historic beadmakers, at it for over 23 years. I would love to say he influences my work but my work doesn't even come close. Lately he has been doing Steampunk beads. They are beyond!

I have tons of others and have left out several, but I will get to them, so stay tuned.


  1. I'm lucky enough to have a set of Trade Beads but I am seriously crushing on all the others!!!

  2. thank you libby for sharing all of these incredible makers... there is so much beauty and talent in the world - i feel bigger every time i get to soak some in...

  3. Hi Libby, I am a new follower so keep on blogging please!! I love finding out about glass beadmakers that I haven't seen yet and I will check out all the above mentioned artists. I found you through Stacilouiseoriginals.com and LoVe your work!!!

  4. Those beads are so unique and out of this world. They are so gorgeous. They do make a beautiful jewelry.
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  5. Hi Libby, I hope I am on the right screen, I would really hate to miss out on a chance to win one of your beautiful focal beads!!!!! Just love your designs. This has been so much fun for me, I can't say Thank You enough!

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