As with Jeri Warhaftig’s earlier book, Glass Bead Workshop, Creating Glass Beads is filled with visual inspiration, tips, and most importantly instruction packed with detailed photos for making 10 bead projects. Creating Glass Beads describes not only the basics of tools, materials, and safety for those beginning their bead making journey but goes beyond to help intermediate bead makers use materials in new ways.
Jeri says, “the projects aren’t ends in themselves, but steps along the way in the personal artistic journey of each bead artist.” Creating Glass Beads includes work from Jeri’s 14 project test artists. Comments and a gallery of photos for each project highlight the range of interpretations from the project testers that are vibrantly colorful to whimsically cute. Seeing the variety of adaptations for these projects opens the mind to possibilities and further experimentation on the theme.
One of the things that I most appreciate about Jeri’s teaching style is including her process. Her first book includes a chapter of the beads that weren’t quite up to par but valuable lessons about what didn’t work. Sharing this process helps her students learn from her mistakes and appreciate the value in their own, too. Take a look at some of Jeri’s tutorials at her site.
To enter for your chance to win one of two copies of Creating Glass Beads from our friends at Lark Books, please leave a comment describing what excites you about working with glass. The giveaway ends August 4, 2011. Sorry, the giveaway is open to US residents only.