Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a lampwork glass artist specializing in borosilicate beads, small sculptural work and mixed media. I live in a small rural town in Northern Colorado with my husband, two sons, two dogs, three llamas, 3 chickens and a cat.
Tell us a bit about your etsy shop
My current focus is on handmade glass birds… so in my etsy shop, I offer single glass bird beads in many colors as well and jewelry and garden art incorporating my glass birds.
Another type of bead I make from time to time is my Dragon’s eye bead, so my shop will always have a dozen or so of these available for purchase.
I am also involved with a talented team of etsy artists called etsy’s Helping Hands that dedicates itself to using our talents to help others. To this end, I have created a series of handmade glass heart pendants, a percentage of which are donated to the team’s charities.
Your recent project
My most recent work is a series I call ‘Birds on the Edge’, which incorporates my glass birds with my handmade ceramics. This is a series of ceramic ring and earring holders that feature my glass birds. You can see more of these on my website , my blog: GlassEdges and my facebook page: EliseThomasDesigns .
What is handmade for you?
I believe a handmade item is one which represents an artist’s journey. For me, handmade has as much to do with the process as it does with the product. It is this unique quality which creates meaning and a connection that exists only when buying handmade.