This week's glass artisan is Deborah of Red Dog Designs. As a dog person, I'm particularly fond of her shop name, and touched by the fact that it was inspired by her long time canine love, Redford.
Deborah has been working with glass since 2001, full-time since 2004. Her love of color, metallic tones and variations in texture makes her beads distinctive. Deborah prefers to work with the inspiration of the moment, and so each of her beads or sets is one of a kind.
She says that ancient designs are a big part of her inspiration, and that's evident in some of her patterns - my particular favorites, in fact.
She works out of her home studio in coastal North Carolina, accompanied by her second red dog, Lucie. When she's not making beautiful glass or covering her kitchen countertop with beads (I'd be happy to come over for dinner and help clean off the counter ;) ), Deborah enjoys fiber arts.
Deborah's beautiful work is for sale in her Etsy shop and once a year at the Bead Renaissance show in Tucson, AZ (February 4-11, 2008). And now I'm off to buy some of her fabulous work myself!