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Step By Step Winner: Kristie Roeder

Kristie Roeder won First Place in this year's Bead Arts 2008 Award Winner contest in the Clay Bead category. This contest is in it's sixth year and sponsored by by Step by Step magazine. Here is the link.

How did you get interested in creating Beads of Clay?
I have always made jewelry. I can remember first getting a bead loom when I was 8 years old. I had always wanted to make fired pottery, and set up my own studio with a potter friend’s used kiln as a teenager. It was only natural for me to start making jewelry pieces shortly after teaching myself clay since I never stopped making jewelry even as I was learning how to make pottery.

What inspires you the most?
My pieces have certainly evolved from my first attempts. I am always trying to improve and experiment with new ideas. I am involved with several artist groups and enjoy a new workshop whenever I can find the time. Seeing another artist’s wonderful body of work is always a great inspiration to get busy in the studio. I love Nature and Ecology and relate to, and feel most comfortable in the natural world.

What current creative project particularly is exciting to you at the moment?
I have been having a lot of fun with Concentric Circles they are fun and clean and I have always had a love for the Artist Jasper Johns' "Targets" Also I am really excited to be opening up my pieces to other jewelers. It is great to see what creative ideas other artists come up with.

Do you have a favorite tool?
My favorite tools are my potter’s wheel and a little bead scoop I got as a free gift with a bead order. I use the scoop to try to place crushed glass in just the right area of my clay pieces. I imagine I use it kind-of similarly to how Buddhist Monks create a Sand Mandala, slowly vibrating a couple of grains at a time into place. Don’t get me wrong I certainly don’t make every piece that way, but it is a tool that has opened up a lot of designs and I would not want to be without it.

What kind of precautions do you taken when working with small bits of glass?
Glass can be very dangerous. Tiny invisible pieces can puncture your skin, or pieces can fall to the ground and get into pets feet or children's bare toes. Some precautions I take are always wearing gloves, and glasses and keeping it all to one off limits area.

Kristie's Upcoming Shows:

  • Hidden Treasures Artists Studio Tour, November 15 & 16 10-5

  • Country Christmas, November 20, 4-9, November 21 & 22, 10am-9pm,
    November 23, 11am -3pm, Broad and Main Sts., Doylestown, PA

Kristie Roeder makes all her pieces from Stoneware Clay in the same methods as functional pottery. Each piece is kiln fired twice and direct from the artist's hands. Please visit her website, Artisan Clay Jewelry to see more of her beautiful Beads of Clay.

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