My original technique manipulates beads into a composition that tends to read as a mini-mosaic. The visual experience is at once about light, color, texture and form. I am both painting with beads while at the same time sculpting the beads into the desired form. I try to vary the types of seed beads in order to enhance the contrast, shape, and movement. When I am at work, my beads seem to come to life with a voice unique unto each creation. Beads offer boundless possibilities. Working with beads gives me an inner quietness and peace unlike any I have ever known. For me, teapots are a connection to my beloved British Grandmother who lovingly served tea for any and all occasions. They are the vessel that holds the essence of all maternal: nurture and love.
I was commissioned to create beaded works for many of my previous gallery clients. In 2002, I completed a commission for B’nai Tzedek Synogogue in Potomac, Maryland, which represents the twelve tribes of Israel on the temple ark. This was a life altering opportunity that forced me “out of the box” and taught me that I was capable of working on a larger scale.
Now I am marrying the lessons learned in creating my teapots with the concept of the wall panels that I made for the arc at B’nai Tzedek Synogogue. I am enjoying taking familiar objects or an image created by a master; and interpreting them into my media.