Artist Louise Little creates stunningly exquisite jewelry that evokes the beauty of the American Southwest where she lives. To see more of her wearable art, please visit her website.
As a Glass bead artist I draw inspiration from the southwestern deserts where I make my home. I play with fire and create glass beads which I use in my art jewelry creations. I have been making glass beads in the Venetian style since 1997 and have studied with many glass masters.
My parents discouraged me from pursuing an art career so I chose business and computer science degrees instead. I channeled my creativity to weekends and holidays exploring various mediums until I met glass in 1997.
Glass is mysterious. It is not liquid or solid and definitely has a mind of its own. I love working in the torch then placing the finished pieces in the kiln where hours later the glass reveals its surprises.
I love the transparency of glass. I love that I can make glass look like ancient stones born of the earth. I love its history and its influence in the world and try to mimic historical beads.
And I love expressing the beauty and culture of the southwestern deserts in my glass beads and art jewelry creations – like my Urban Lariat series.
I could not express my vision with glass alone so I pursued other jewelry making techniques like metal smithing, enamels as well as polymer, metal clays, and bead weaving. I utilize all of these mediums to best express the story in the piece of jewelry that I am creating.
My favorite way to use my beads is like they are precious stones. So I set them in metal and accent them with natural stones. Sometimes just the metal tells the story with simple form and texture.
Recently I have challenged myself to go beyond jewelry and have been working on small “desert” vignettes that capture a small icon of the desert to hang on your walls.
I never lack for inspiration. I love the challenge to take that inspiration and figure out how best to create it.
My passion is creating the desert in glass and metal.
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