About the Artist
Hello, and thanks for visiting my site. I am glad I can share my passion for jewelry with you. I have always loved jewelry; especially pieces made with gemstones, pearls, crystal and of course, glass. My passion was reignited while on vacation in 2002 when my husband and I visited Charleston (SC). During that trip, I watched craftspeople in the Market creating the gorgeous Sweetgrass baskets and selling hand-crafted wares, including jewelry. As I watched and shopped, a glimmer began to shine in me.
The next day I decided to try to make something. I bought some shell beads at a craft store in Shem Creek, although at the time, I was not certain what I was going to do with them. A few days later, I bought some more beads and a book about making beaded jewelry. With that, I made my first piece of jewelry—and I was hooked. Now, I have not made anything with those first shell beads, but when the inspiration hits, I’ll know what to do!!.
Since that first trip to Charleston, every trip my husband and I have taken around this beautiful country, I find myself searching for bead shops. I am drawn to glass beads, especially flameworked beads. I can’t help being intrigued by how these unbelievably beautiful beads are created.
In 2005, I observed one of our KY beadmakers create her flameworked beads at the KY Craft Marketing Show in Louisville. I was entranced as I stood at the booth watching her and her assistant make beads. It was fascinating to watch the stunning patterns of color emerge as the glass flowed and stretched. Shortly after that show, I was honored to participate in a beginning beadmaking class taught by the artist I had observed in Louisville. Let’s just say the “flame flowed” from there.
In 2007, I retired from my full-time business management consulting job, and KD Creations was…well...created!!! I am a proud member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB), and a member of the Richmond (KY) Chamber of Commerce. Although I do some private consulting and teach part-time at our regional university, my passion is working in the flame. Nothing is more fulfilling than watching the colors come together in a beautiful flame to create a work of art that is unique.