|INGRID DE HAAST|
| My adventure into
I started out as a potter and worked on my clay for 20 years ending up with lustred porcelain jars and bowls. At the back of my mind I was still hankering after getting into glass.
I was introduced to stained glass but found that flat glass was a bit restrictive, and then went on to doing a fusing glass where I slumped large flat pieces of glass adding decorative elements. I enjoyed the fusing so much so that I went on to the States where I learned further techniques in the art of fusing and creating murals. During my travels I saw plenty of glass blowers but the expense of setting up a studio in the suburbs was my problem.
It was while I was surfing the net for classes I read about making beads, I never thought I would really be interested in this frivolous past time. However the more I read the more I discovered there was a whole new world out there! Beads were not just ordinary little things, there was so much involved in creating this miniature work of art.
I applied to a glass maker in Johannesburg and from there on I was hooked. I needed to go for further classes so I set off to the States. I was still such a beginner, but I thought I was accomplished. I soon learnt I was floundering among all those other experienced beadmakers. So I came home and practiced for a further couple of years, and saved enough to go again.
I attended a very big bead show in Tucson, Arizona, where I met all these accomplished bead makers. I took further classes gaining more experience, and felt I was on my way. I learn a lot through books and tutorials, videos and dvds, the main thing is to practise each new technique
until I have mastered the newer style.
I continue to expand my skills by experimenting extensively with new techniques.
As I am a nature lover and spend a lot of my time walking and hiking my love of nature inspires me with all its colours and textures. I also get inspired by textiles. A single bead can take nearly an hour to complete as there are a few preparations to undertake before one can start the bead rolling.
Artist: INGRID DE HAAST
Title: Jacks Neclace
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