As with most women, I love to shop. On my travels I am
always on the lookout for interesting vessels. The
'hunt' is a part of me.
Visiting unique shops awaits something special. Pier-One
is a great place for unique and different
vessels. I am always and forever drawn to the
perfect display and vessel for my work.
In 2008 I found Marilyn
Holland's Pottery work in a gallery in Maui. I love to
work with her pieces! They are handmade with Aloha in Maui.
I was able to meet up with Marilyn and now she is
making pieces specifically for my beadwork. I am inspired by
the shapes and colors which influence my bead-work.
Marilyn is also known for her monk heads and shows all her
work at the Four Seasons in Maui. I am so thankful
that I was led to Marilyn and thank her for being a
part of my Bead Art-Worth.
While in Oahu I attended a retreat with Marilyn Radzat
- an incredible artist utilizing different mediums
and creating art out of clay. This was a new medium for
me and during the retreat I made a sea turtle. On a previous trip to Maui I
had beaded a piece that now had a home - it was a
perfect fit for the top of my turtle. Marilyn was an excellent
inspiration to me and I thank her for all her
Other vessels can be gifts from nature.
I use a lot
of shells and wood. I find these gifts anywhere and
everywhere I go. Just walking the beach or in the forest.
husband Paul is an earth soul and can find the most
incredible treasures. All too often I will be working on or just
completing a piece and he comes home with the
perfect find. He is always amazed at how it 'just works'
I have shared
the past 33 years with Paul and I'm so very grateful for
attitude and his patience.
I am also gifted with wonderful family, friends, customers
and students. They tend to gift me with other vessel
items. If I receive a special vessel before the bead-work is done,
I let it sit and in time, it will let me know what to do with it.
I am so blessed and
thank everyone who has touched my life.