Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Artist Spotlight - Genea Beads

Earlier this year we took our children to the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, KS, for their Open House and watched glass artists create amazing marbles. We watched wide eyed as these talented artists transformed thin rods of glass into beautiful, intricate marbles - true pieces of art, not a child's toy.

Shortly after this basic introduction to one aspect of lampwork, I met Genea of Genea Beads, a fellow KCEtsy team member, at one of our First Friday Trunk Shows at Shiraz Restaurant. As a lampwork artist, Genea turns thin rods of glass into unique and vibrant beads and pendents to use in whimsical pieces of fine art jewelry.

"I've been making jewelry for years, and one of the most exciting things to add to a piece of jewelry, are beads I made to match whatever design I have in mind."

Fun, vibrant and playful best describe Genea's overall style. Her attention to detail and playful use of color and design bring her work to life.

"I love glass! There is something amazing about working with fire and using things from the earth to create beautiful works of art."
You can see Genea's lampwork creations first hand this Friday night at Shiraz Restaurant, as she and other KCEtsy Team Members show their upscale handmade wares as part of June First Fridays in the Crossroads District. Genea also sells her work at Bead Boutique in Kansas City, MO on Englewood Road and on Etsy at Genea.etsy.com.

* Written by TinyStitches.

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