Thursday, March 26, 2009
This week's featured artistan is Marcy Lamberson of Studio Marcy. An Etsy veteran and all-around fun gal, Marcy creates amazingly intricate, teeny tiny glass goodies.
Tell me a little about yourself and what you do.
I am a lampwork glass artist and teacher living in Atlanta, Georgia. I primarily make handmade glass beads for jewelry artists with my 2000 degree torch, tools and kiln in my home studio overlooking my backyard garden.
What 3 words best describe your work?
whimsical sculptural glass
What inspires you?
Seeing things that make me or my customers smile. I strive to make "happy" beads and glass objects.
What drives you to create what you do?
It is something inside me that makes me feel whole when I'm working with glass. I think a lot of about what will stretch my abilities and teach me something new while making it while also making me smile.
What makes your work unique?
My beads express who I am as an artist and glass bead maker. By looking at them, you can pretty well guess what my personality is like. Optimistic with a large dose of humor all show up in the work I do. But also that I enjoy custom work that the customer has given me- like the photo of Sprocket the Westie who wears a pink and purple collar. I love making that personalized bead for my customers. One of my favorite requests was a person who wanted me to make a focal of her kitty cat wearing a pink tutu, dancing and wearing a pirate patch. That is so "Marcy Lamberson" ...quirky, amusing and fun.
What role does your work play in your life?
My glass work is a large part of my life. Other than my family, some organizations, (mostly related to glass) I make glass art. My hours spent on my business exceed 60 per week or more. I love what I do. I will show in more galleries and enter more competitions. I had a well known beadmaker tell me, "You're a serious beadmaker making non-serious beads." Yep, that's me!
How do you see your work and/or your business evolving in the next five years?
I will evolve considerably. I will still be making the Etsy fun beads and doing lots of custom orders, but I plan to teach more both nationally and internationally. I've got a lot of knowledge that I love sharing. I'm also working on a "gallery" line of beads that are a little more serious and yet still whimsical in nature.
Where can we find you on the web?
The best place to find me is on Etsy - http://StudioMarcy.etsy.com. I add about 3 new beads daily to keep my inventory fresh. I also have a basic website, StudioMarcy.com that will help direct you there or to my daily blog about glass and creativity which is http://StudioMarcy.blogspot.com Also if you google my name, Marcy Lamberson, you will find a lot about me.
Are you an artist or craftsperson? Would you like to be featured here? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment here with a link to your shop, and I'll be in touch about future opportunities.