Michelle Hair, owner and bead artist at New Earth Beads, never thought she was artistic… At least until she took a class in something called “lamping”.
“Michelle, you’re the best student I’ve ever had!”, said her teacher on the last day of the class.
Yes. You read that right. She doesn’t buy the beads. She makes them.
Michelle says she’s surprised by this turn of events. She had a technical job and was ready for a change. She discovered her talent for making glass and New Earth Beads has developed organically from her desire to do what she loves.
“I feel like the Universe was leading me in this direction before I even knew what I wanted to do,” she comments. “It’s moving fast!”
She had seen someone rolling glass at a festival and was curious. Could she do that? She took a class and learned to fuse glass.
When she had taken all the fused glass classes, she moved to lamping, in which glass is melted in fire and reshaped. Would you like to see how it’s done?
When she has the bead the way she wants it, she puts in in a kiln and fires it at 960 degrees. The firing makes the bead more durable.
Michelle loves making beads and started showing them to her friends. Like any true artist, she was reluctant to part with them when her friends wanted to buy them. She had to get used to the idea of letting her creations go to a new home.
Stop by and visit Michelle in her brand new life. It’s full of beauty… and fire too!
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