Thank you for visiting my part of the World Wide Web! As most of you might know from talking with me, I am not an artist by trade. Before I began jewelry making and lampworking, I was a radio news reporter living and working in Houston, TX. I spent almost ten years “on air” covering city, state and national politics for the local NPR station.
After I married, I became a stay-at-home mom. And as all you moms know, there’s more to life than changing diapers and cleaning bottles! So I looked around for a hobby that would allow me to use my sense of design and creativity. I accidentally discovered the fun and beauty of beads and jewelry design. I also discovered that jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive!
When my neighbors, friends, and friends of friends began buying my jewelry pieces, I decided to “open shop” online. I first began by making Mother’s bracelets; those wonderful bracelets that spell the names of children, grandkids or loved ones. One of my personal favorites was my Cancer Awareness Bracelet. My friend asked me to make her a breast cancer survivor bracelet and that’s how the idea was born. When I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the fall of 2002, I was shocked, but I am truly grateful for cancer research and the advancements that have taken place during the last decade. I donated the proceeds from each Awareness Bracelet to cancer research and to organizations that provide programs for children with cancer. I lost my father to lung cancer in 2007, so cancer research is a very important charitable organization to me.
I am currently focusing on my own “lampwork” or glass beads. I have a studio in my house and I’m usually at the torch creating little pieces of art glass. I sell those beads mainly on my website and on ebay under my ID LeahBeads.
A proud moment for me came in the summer of 2005 when I was elected South Regional Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). Members in five states elected me to represent them. I was also one of the founding members of the Houston Glass Bead Society, locally known as the Houston Hotties.
If you have any questions or just want to say, “Hi!” contact me!