Landscape Floral Lentil Bead

Artist Statement

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.


September 10 - 11, 2016

EDINA Fall into the Arts Festival

CENTENNIAL LAKES, 7499 France Ave.

Sat. 10 am to 6 pm, Sun. 10 am to 5 pm

September 17 - 18, 2016

LAKEVILLE Art Festival

Lakeville Art Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave.

10 am to 5 pm both days

September 24 - 25, 2016

AFTON Art in the Park

Afton Town Square Park, St. Croix Trail S. and 34th Street

10 am to 5 pm both days

October 1 - 2, 2016

STILLWATER Fall Art & Music Festival

North Lowell Park on the riverfront near lift bridge

Sat.10 am to 5 pm, Sun 11 am to 4 pm



phone: 763-477-6575