Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Flow: 5th Annual Women of Glass

Woohooo! For those of you who love to make beads like I do, you're probably familiar with The Flow magazine and get a lot of inspiration from it. I've been a subscriber for two years and can still remember how my jaw dropped the first time I ever saw their special "Women in Glass" issue. So many gorgeous beads to drool over! I was a "newbie" back then and dreamed of the day that I might be good enough to be included in this issue too. This year, I finally took the plunge and submitted two of my beads—and they both made it!!  

(insert wild Happy Dance) 

I've known this wonderful news for several weeks, but had to keep it a secret until the issue hit the stands (a terrible burden to bear! LOL). This was the first year the entries were juried, so I feel doubly honored that I was accepted. And I was excited to see so many familiar names in there with me, including several of my fellow Fire Divas! 

(insert more Happy Dancing) 

I'd love to introduce you to these wonderful artists/friends, so even if you don't get a chance to see this magazine, you can check out their work and see why they were also featured: 

My good friend Judith Billig of Icarus Beads, has her gorgeous beads shown right next to mine on the same page—how fun is that?! She's a master at working with silver glass:

Swept Away by Judith Billig

Laurie Ament of Isinglass Design creates cool organic designs—I love her colorful fish:

Large Pink Fish Ornament by Laurie Ament

Holly Dare of Holly's Folly Glass makes unusual whimsical beads, including some yummy looking treats:

Giant Red Velvet Cupcake by Holly Dare

Janel Dudley of Janel Dudley Beads specializes in nature-based organic designs, and does some amazing things with glow powders:

Glowing Eyeballs by Janel Dudley

and Kathleen Robinson-Young of Ugly Duckling Beads is a whiz with realistic floral sculpture and mixed media. She was also one of my Etsy Boot Camp Buddies and I had so much fun getting to know her better during Boot Camp:

What Grows in My Garden by Kathleen Young

So if you're looking for some great new beads to add to your collection (perhaps to use for the Fire Diva Jewelry Challenge?), please be sure and check out the shops run by all these talented ladies. Congratulations to all 150 women who are featured in this issue too! *Ü*


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