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These lampwork beads are fascinating and wonderful to examine.
Michals bio: As far as I can remember I was always fascinated with color and light, so its no wonder that after discovering glass work in 2002 I felt immediate attraction to this artistic medium.
With the kind help of my teachers- Rene Culler and Michaela Moller and my dear friends at The Glass Furnace school in Turkey, I achieved a high level of proficiency in the techniques of fusing and lampworking, which helped me in expressing my artistic ideas.
I realized that through my creative work I wish to create a space for communication- both with my immediate surrounding and with people from all over the world. The artistic work I have done so far has already brought me to new places and introduced me to new views. I am looking forward to exploring and discovering even more.
This gorgeous bracelet is by Regal Beads. Wear it and be a rock star.
SingleB Studio: My metals are all recycled and conflict free diamonds can be had upon request. So relax and enjoy your jewelry.
I like to make beautiful things with my hands. I especially like to make beautiful things that serve a purpose. That purpose (I hope!) is to make people feel happy and beautiful. I make everything by hand, by myself (well, my pug does snore away the day in my studio, keeping me company).
I like to work with silver and gold, and precious and semi-precious gemstones. I read a lot of books about ancient jewelry and this informs my design process. I like to think that my jewelry could be worn at any time in history! I love the fact that jewelry is one of the oldest arts, and that (almost) everyone likes to participate in this art, either by making jewelery or wearing it. Dressing up is an art in my mind.
I am beginning my journey to become a real goldsmith and I am loving every minute of it. I love jewelry, especially old jewelry…really old jewelry. Egyptian and Roman especially. I eventually aim to be able to make modern jewelry with an ancient feel.
It’s back to school time and I am feeling very protective of my children’s stuff. After a mostly shoeless summer in tank tops, with no bags to carry or sweaters to lose, these kids are feeling pretty fancy free. They can hardly take a bite out of an apple without losing it in the backyard. I, on the other hand, am feeling the pinch of the economy and the rub of multiple growth spurts over the summer. One thing is for sure, I’m not looking forward to the inevitable blank stare that I am met with when I ask “Where’d you leave that brand new jacket?”