112 bye Beth
403 W Union St
Morganton, NC 28655
Beth was born and raised in Morganton NC. She began creating jewelry as a way to fill time after her retirement from the teaching and mental health fields.
Her first trip to a local bead store led to an exploration of many different jewelry making techniques from simple stringing, seed bead design, wire work to polymer clay. She loved it all and practiced each technique equally. When the bead store offered a class in glass fusing by a local artist, Diane Enger of Time and Again Designs, Beth was the first to sign up.
That class and the funds from the recent sale of her family home (hence the 112 bye) led to her development of a small glass studio where she has practiced and enhanced her glass fusing skills. With a focus on small jewelry sized pieces she has incorporated many of her other techniques to create one of a kind wearable art.
Finding glass as her preferred medium, Beth has begun working on much larger pieces. She has learned to pull glass murrini from a vitigraph kiln and composes wall art and functional pieces with the murrini she pulls. Her newest kiln purchase will allow her to begin making more functional dishware and outdoor art.
As more and more family and friends requested some of her work, she got involved with some small private shows. The reviews from those attendees and encouragement from some artistic friends led her to enter shows. Her work is on permanent display at the Burke Arts Council Jailhouse Gallery. She currently participates in a variety of six shows a year and most recently was awarded second place in a Juried Show at the Lexington Barbeque Festival.