Hello. I'm Pat Thielman from Buffalo, Minnesota. I make lampworked glass beads as well as other jewelry components from precious metal, metal clay (PMC) and polymer clay. In 2002 I began designing with polymer clay and, since many of the cane patterns are based on antique glass patterns (millefiori), my research led me to take a glass bead-making class. The rest, as they say, is history. I was hooked and have been melting glass ever since. My design inspiration is from both ancient and modern sources and I combine forms freely. I am thrilled when a customer tells me they have received compliments wearing my jewelry designs.
I work with 'soft' glass from Italy, China and the USA. Each bead goes from the flame to a digitally controlled kiln for annealing which adds strength and durability. Some beads may be etched, electroformed with copper or mounted in bezel settings. My jewelry designs incorporate my glass beads, metalsmithing, chain maille, wirework, PMC or polymer clay/resin links. All pieces are tumble-polished for a beautiful shine and a smooth-as-silk finish. Some pieces may be chemically 'antiqued' as well.
I participate in approximately fifteen juried art shows per year. I am a Self-Representing Artist (SRA-T90), a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) and the Star of the North Glassworkers.
|July 16 - 17, 2016||
Library Park, 5th St. & Bemidji Ave.
Sat. 10am to 5pm, Sun. 10am to 4pm
|July 21, 2016||
Munsinger Clemens Gardens, Kilian Blvd. and 13th Street SE
Thursday only: 10 am to 7 pm
|July 30 - 31, 2016||
ALEXANDRIA Art in the Park
City Park, County Rd 42 N
Sat. 9 am to 5 pm, Sun. 10 am to 4 pm
|August 20, 2016||
Downtown Buffalo, 1st and Division
Sat. only, 9 am to 4 pm