Catldy99 or Cats Paw Artifacts by Judy Richards, this shop is chock full of amazing hand crafted lamp work beads. These beads are amazing rich in color and absolutely stunning. With lamp work beads you are sure to fine an absolutely unique bead to make ANY piece a stunning and one of a kind treasure. I am awe inspired by this artists ability to make glass to what ever she wants it to do. This is a medium that I would love to learn but I don't think i could ever create the amazing works that this artist does! On top of her amazing beads this artist also uses her beads to make some dazzling jewelry! Make sure you look through this shop!
From the artist:
"B.A. University of Minnesota Magna Cum Laude in Technical Theatre
Coursework in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, CA
Coursework in lamp working - Portland, OR
Member of the International Society of Glass Bead makers
seller on eBay for 5 years - over 500-100% positive feedback
Judy Richards resides in Portland, Oregon where it rains this time of year. A well kept secret is that it doesn't rain all year around.
Judy is a member of the Portland Bead Society, the ORBS (Oregon Regional Bead makers Society) and the ISGB (International Society of Glass Bead makers).
Judy makes lamp work beads and designs jewelry - unique and hopefully artful jewelry. She is always striving for new ideas, new shapes in glass.
Judy is inspired by nature (flowers, birds) depicted in glass. She loves abstract lamp work most of all with layers of glass and complexity. She is always striving to that goal.
She has done the work of reasonably exact glass beads - but yearns to break out of that toward something more complex and deep in an artistic sense. She also has a sense of humor and doesn't take herself too seriously - she is the owner of 2 cats, hence the cat beads. Judy likes to laugh and make others smile with her work.
Judy's dream buyer is the Sundance catalog.
Probably the best things she has made are jewelry with her own lamp work beads and semi precious stones that have sold there are really pushing the envelope of what we think of as jewelry and adornment."