Whenever I would see a piece of jewelry that I liked, I told myself I could make it. So, I began to buy beads to string into necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The designs were very classic and traditional – like my mother used to wear. Time passed and I thought that instead of continuing to simply buy beads in a store, it would be more rewarding to make the beads for my jewelry. A new adventure began. I made beads from paper, clay and glass, and after a career spanning thirty-five years working in the public and non-profit sectors; I developed my practice of making wearable art with materials made from scratch. I also affiliated with a bead collector’s group and began assembling jewelry inspired by folk and ethnic art, made with elements from Africa, Asia.
My work with clay and glass beads has lead to my interest in further developing these media. Last summer I collected plants near Yosemite, and have developed a line of wall hangings I call ‘Botanical Impressions.’ These are made with dried plants pressed into clay, which are realistic images of the native foliage.
I love the luminosity of glass and have pursued fused and slumped art glass. My teacher in glass is Janet Hiebert who heads the glass departments at the Crucible and Studio One.
As a member of the Artist Conference Network, (http://www.artistconference.net/) “a miracle space for gifted fools,” my stand has evolved to be that of a bird soaring in the air pouring my whole self into the cauldron of possibilities.
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Carol works at:
Blue Door Beads, Ethnic Arts and Studio One, and Carol volunteers at Women’s Cancer Resource Center, where she teaches paper bead making and jewelry design. Carol is also a guest instructor at Feather River Art Camp teaching paper bead making.
Carol was an artist-in-residence at:
Berkeley Tuolomne Family Camp
Carol is a member of:
- American Association of Museums
- American Craft Council
- Artist Conference Network
- Asian Art Museum
- Bead Society of Northern California
- Berkeley Art Center
- Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- Oakland Museum of California
- Pro Arts
- Richmond Art Center
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
- San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum
Carol has trained at:
- California College of the Arts
- The Crucible
- Richmond Arts Center
- UC Berkeley Extension
- Studio ONe Art Center
Carol has taken classes at:
- Baubles and Beads
- Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (BABE)
- High Strung
- Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics