20 Years as a Bead Jewelry Artist

After 20 years, I am retiring my old logo of necklaces in the form of a “B”.  This is a good moment to thank Don Beadle for my fabulous last name!  Stay tuned for the new logo…hint…it’s orange.

After 20 years, I am retiring my old logo of necklaces in the form of a “B”. This is a good moment to thank Don Beadle for my fabulous last name! Stay tuned for the new logo…hint…it’s orange.

 

“Would you like to move to Hong Kong?”  Don’t the most fun things begin with a question?

 

My husband was offered a job assignment in Hong Kong in 1993, so I resigned from my Human Resources job and went along for the adventure.

Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise, and I soon discovered I was attracted to beads.  When I filled up my drawers and started putting boxes of them under the bed, my husband asked me why I had so many beads.

My future became destined when I blurted out, “I’m going to make necklaces!”  So I set out to do so.  I thought my designs looked pretty fine, and, wisely, took a class to learn the fundamentals.

As a final judgment to my opinion on the attractiveness of my necklaces, I submitted them to the 1994 annual exhibit of the Royal Crafts Guild of Hong Kong, and was accepted.

 

In 1995, I decided I was retired from my corporate life. Bead jewelry became my business.  I wanted the risk of succeeding or failing.  It could never just be a hobby for me.  I took that brave step at the Silicon Valley Open Studios and loved every minute of it.

I still love the challenge of offering my work for sale:  it’s an instant thumbs up or down and it gives me feedback.  A thumbs down means that necklace gets taken apart at the end of the year and gets another chance at greatness.

Here we are in 2015.  I have made nearly 2700 necklaces; I never tire of the search for fabulous beads; and I still try to spend at least two hours several days a week in my studio.  I have changed marketplaces three times:  from Silicon Valley to San Luis Obispo to the South Shore of Boston.  I love change!

In 2015, I am working on being “Stupendous in my Seventies” and, when the time comes, “Energetic in my Eighties!”  All for the love of beads!

12 thoughts on “20 Years as a Bead Jewelry Artist

    • 20 Years is such a long time, but ART is still the most important. In fact, life is too short to make boring necklaces,,,,therefore, only art is possible.
      You know that,
      Love, Priscilla

  1. Congratulations Priscilla. I remember visiting you in Hong Kong as you were acquiring your treasures I can’t believe it waistcoat long ago. I love wearing my Beadleful beads and I think of you often. I’m so happy you continue beading and sharing your talent with the world. You are a beautiful person inside and out and your beads are a testament of your gorgeousness! (Add that one to your adjectives).
    Big hugs,
    Avis

  2. Hi Priscilla,
    So glad you’re thriving in New England and just beading up a storm. Question: have you mastered the concept of inventory control yet – I doubt it – and don’t bother? 🙂
    Love you,
    Tom

    • Oh gosh, you know my innermost biz secrets…I have no idea how to control inventory!!!
      But you, Donnie and I could have an interesting discussion over dinner on that subject!
      Long live those memories!
      xo, Priscilla

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