Archives for October 2012

Desert Pearls

Desert Pearls and InspirationThere are lots of very talented lampwork bead artists out there. I sometimes drool at the design intricacies that I see; so I took classes and taught myself how to do those intricate patterns.

But my voice in glass is organic, and I rely on color and texture to express myself.

I have been making beads for 15 years now and in the first few years I just wanted to try every technique out there. Now the beads I make tell a story about the inspiration that drove me to create them.

Which brings me to desert pearls…. Yeah I know… pearls don’t grow in the desert. A pearl is born within the soft tissue of a mollusk. The finest quality natural pearls are highly valued as gemstones and have been considered objects of beauty for many centuries now; and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. I love pearls.

There is a night blooming cactus that is native to Arizona and the Sonora Desert. There are numerous romanticized names for the plant such as Queen of the Night and Princess of the Night. The plant is a Cereus night blooming cactus; and it blooms for just one night and dies in the morning sun. It is rare, fine, admirable, and valuable. Its white, delicate and fragrant blooms speak to the beauty in the desert.

Hence, the creation of my desert pearl beads.


See my Desert Pearl Earrings under Gallery – What’s new

Acuna Cactus

picture of acuna cactusToday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to add this cute little cactus on the endangered species list.  It grows only to about a foot high.  The cactus grows in Pima county in valleys on gravelly ridges that are common in the Sonoran Desert.  Drought and climate change are to blame.  I’m lucky to have a few on our property.  Love the blooms!

Birthplace – and birth of a Blog

My first post on this new website blog – the birth of a blog and my birthplace.

Just celebrated a birthday which got me thinking about upstate New York where I was born.

Amsterdam is a small city in upstate New York; its name derived from the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

And you guessed it – the first European’s to settle there were Dutch.

The city has been known for its carpet industry and pearly button industry.  And the Mohawk River runs right through the city.

Greetings from Amsterdam Antique Postcard

My parents……Marion and Bill

So hope you enjoy

My tête à tête…….