I have previously told you about the Bead Soup Blog Hop Party I am taking part in. Now, let me tell you a little bit about my partner in this swap: Silke from Kirchheim unter Technik near Stuttgart in Germany.
Silke told me that she got introduced to glass bead making via a friend in 2010. She was taught how to make a glass encasing by her favourite glass dealer, but is pretty much self taught. She has however attended some classes with a few talented artists/ teachers in the last few years ( such as Angela Meier (Switzerland), Jens Christian Kontrup (Denmark), Michael Barley and J.C. Herrell (USA)).
I asked Silke what her favourite type of beads were and she said that there were two: Silver glass (http://just-beads.blogspot.de/search/label/Silberglas) and Landscape beads (http://just-beads.blogspot.de/search/label/Landschaften).
Silke: ‘ -With one silverglass you can make beads with many different colours. The way how you work with the glass (temperature, ratio between gas and Oxygen, working time) is the reason for the wonderful colours.’
My ‘Bead Soup’ partner has recently opened up a shop on Etsy and I highly recommend a visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/justbeads4all
I have always admired the other worldly beauty of beads made with this technique. Silke’s creations are superb and she has promised to send me some for the swap! I look forward to the challenge and cherish the opportunity to admire her work in real life.