Jackie and I have been doing our best to get a website going with massive help, planning and execution provided by our son Wil. What you'll be seeing are the results of a hobby gone wild. I started it by learning how to cut gems down in Tucson at the Old Pueblo Gem & Mineral Club. Followed that up by starting assembling jewelry from gems, minerals and findings from Tripp's and Rio Grande Jewelry Suppliers. Then I made a serious error, I took my wife Jackie with me to the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson. She fell in love with the glass and stone beads she found there, and quickly started putting together jewelry on her own. When she fell in love with more of the glass than she could buy, she conned me into learning Lampwork Bead making. The term 'Lampwork' coming from Italy during the 13th and 14th century when glass bead artists worked their magic with soft glass over coal oil lamps. Today we use a harder glass and work with torches using Propane and Oxygen. Looking for even prettier glass to work with, she soon discovered Fused Dichroic Glass and with help from the Dichroic Lady from Meade, AZ, she was soon slaving over a hot kiln. All in all it's been a long and winding road with Jackie picking up wire wrapping and me getting into metal smithing and lapidary stone work along the way. It's been both satisfying, and at times frustrating, but we've enjoyed it all the way, and certainly hope you'll enjoy what you see here on our website.
And of course, we're still learning, taking classes at Tucson during the massive Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, and others at the Glasscraft and Bead Show in Las Vegas every year. Both are great places to both learn and improve on whatever craft you're pursuing. Not to mention tips and help from a lot of the people we've met along the way. Did I mention YouTube, Etsy, DVD's and tutorials?