It's with much pleasure I write this feature. Jan is a very cheerful and upbeat creative soul and has been a real asset to this site.
She is recently retired from her job so that now she can play all the time. Her problem is that she has four very clear areas of interest and they are all tugging at her. She is a fiber artist turned beading artist, then onto polymer clay artist and finally lampwork artist. Each area of interest lead to the next. She calls it her "fiber journey".
She wanted to add beads first to her fiber arts so she started playing with small beading. This lead to the need for more interesting beads so she started playing with polymer clay and really fell in love with the tactile part of playing with clay and in all the wonderful colors that she could create with it. After playing with the clay and creating beads she moved onto pendants and jewelry, which was fun but it wasn't what she had set out to do.
She really fell in love with the look of lamp work beads and was trying to create them with polymer clay. She was never really successful and eventually moved onto lamp work. In learning the craft she was mesmerized by melting something solid into a fluid state where she could manipulate it into something completely different. She's gotten totally side tracked with the original purpose of all of this and hasn't touched her fiber arts in over two years. She knows that she'll go back to it eventually, she goes into the studio and strokes the fabric from time to time but so far nothing has caused me to start a fiber project. In the meantime she's really enjoying playing with the glass, there is something so seductive about it that when she can't be at the torch she is searching the web for photos of glass to quieten the call.
I can really see why she is so passionate about this art form as I too am fascinated by it. You can find more of Jan's creationshere
where they are available to purchase.