Whimsey Bird

A touch of whimsy always makes my day.

This lampwork glass bird is one of many whimsical beads Stephanie Sersich, Topsham, Maine, creates.  Sersich today is 43 years old and introduced herself to the bead world at age 25 with a public lecture and an article in the legendary “Lapidary Journal.”   Two big influences contributing to her success are her creative Mom and a major in metalsmithing and painting.  As she says, “I learned engineering and color which led me to making my own glass beads.”

She then developed her own “Spiny Knotting” method to allow her to bind many of her colorful beads into a single bracelet or necklace.  Check them out on her website sssbeads.com.

I have often wondered why I preferred the hunt for fabulous beads like Stephanie’s instead of making them.  It has a lot to do with the fact that my youthful focus was on getting an English degree, living in Paris and Lisbon, and being a corporate HR professional.  I didn’t buy my first bead until I was 50 and living in Hong Kong, entertaining myself while my husband organized his company’s South Asian footprint.  But I loved the hunt!  From the Hong Kong Jade Market to Beijing’s outdoor flea markets, Shanghai’s treasure-filled antique shops, from small entrepreneurial silver shops in Bali, to the giant pieces of turquoise I found in Tibet, and the amazing beads on small Indonesian islands of Sumba, Komodo, and Flores.  For two years, I never thought of making my own beads.  Just acquiring them.

And I can safely say that is true today, 25 years later.  I was determined, however, to put my own creative stamp on each necklace.  To balance color and texture, to be bold, chunky and fearless, but above all to never stop searching for the odd, eccentric, remarkable bead.  And to do that, I expanded my search to fulfill the true definition of a bead:  something with a hole in it which can be strung.

Stephanie’s bird and fiber dangle is 3.5″ and the pink Czech glass bead necklace is 24″.  Featured in the necklace are molded glass pre-war German semi-circle beads plus glass flowers at the end of the necklace and in the earrings.  $139.

 

4 thoughts on “Whimsey Bird

  1. Hello P!
    I am ridiculously behind on my emails and just now looking at this adorable necklace! I love it because I love pink… and birds!
    So happy to see that you’re still creating beautiful works of art! You’re my inspiration!
    I was just in Chicago for a work shop and was able to spend the afternoon in the Chicago Art Museum. I was in heaven! I was all alone and so enjoyed just meandering at my own pace- such a luxury!
    Hope you and cute little Max are well. We are trudging along. Francie had 4 impacted wisdom teeth extracted a little over a week ago and finally getting back to normal – it was a long, painful process for all of us!!
    Summer is trying to arrive but taking her sweet time.
    Work is going well. Did we tell you Skip watered working for a different company a few years ago? It’s less demanding so he’s pretty happy. I’m still in wound clinic praying my patients will heal and be on their Merry way!
    Hope we see you soon Priscilla!
    Sending you lots of love
    Susie, Skip and Francie

    Sent from my iPhone

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