Venue - Tuffnell Glass Studios, Rudston , East Yorkshire, YO25 4UD
Date - 30th Sept & 1st October 2017
Time - 10am -5pm
Class level - Intermediate
11 students per class - 4 spaces available.
Kristen's handmade glass beads blend her love of nature with her background as a watercolour artist. A single bead can take hours to make, as she draws and sculpts with molten glass over the flame of an oxygen-propane torch. To add detail to her work, she makes special canes from multiple colours of glass, and by combining these component parts with layers of transparent colours, she creates depth and captures an exciting play of light.
Kristen's work is in collections throughout the U.S., and in Japan, England, South Africa and Australia. Her work has been published in the books Making Glass Beads, by Cindy Jenkins; Bead Art, by Alice Korach; and The Society of Glass Beadmakers Exhibition Catalogue from the Contemporary Glass Bead and Jewellery Show at the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY; and in the magazines Lapidary Journal, Ornament, Beadwork and GLASS.
Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked for several newspapers before deciding she "wanted out of the rat race." She painted in watercolours for a number of years, and enjoyed a successful solo exhibit of her work at the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko. After moving to Arizona in 1979, she "took some classes in pottery, stayed with that for a while, and then got hooked on calligraphy." She was a calligraphy instructor at Mesa Arts Center for eleven years. At that time, she was also doing pencil illustrations of dogs. Her canine illustrations appeared in the American Kennel Club's Pure-Bred Dogs Gazette magazine, and as covers for two issues of the Corgi Quarterly magazine. She produced note cards and t-shirts with her illustrations of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and to expand her corgi line to include jewellery, she began taking metals classes. That led to looking for unique beads to use in some of the jewellery, and that in turn led to her pursuit of glass beadmaking.