I love glass work. I’ve flattened wine bottles and made fused glass ornaments at my local ceramics studio. When I created jewelry, I was always drooling over lampwork beads. And so, in the spirit of functional art, I am very happy to show off the work of Beth Reiman of BPR Designs!
Interview with the artist:
1. Tell us a little bit about who you are and your life up to this point in time.
My name is Beth and I am a kiln-formed glass artist. Up until about 2 years ago, I made my living as an operations CFO for a large telecom company! When I retired, I decided I wanted to do something completely different and try out the artist life!
2. Besides your fantasy creative life, what else are doing currently?
I love the outdoors. I like to garden and sea kayak in my spare time. And I love to travel.
3. What do you offer in your Etsy Shop?
My shop has kiln-formed or fused glass items that you can use in your home –plates, dishes, candle holders, soap dishes, vases, and art pieces. I think art that is also functional helps sooth that CFO part of my brain that is still functioning!
4. Where do you create?
I create in my glass shop here in my home in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from the colors in nature — I love all the colors of flowers and vegies in the summer — the color of water!! I think you can see lots of that kind of color in my work.
6. How did you learn how to do your craft?
I have loved glass for a long time but the first time I tried to create it myself was by taking a Community Education class at my local community college. I was hooked by the end of the first night!! I highly recommend community education classes — very affordable and a great way to test the waters on something new.
7. How do you promote your wares?
I have an Etsy shop and a Facebook fan page. I promote my work through those sites as well as Indie Public, Design Style Guide and glass specific sites like FusedGlassArtists.org. I also do a number of local shows in the Portland area each year and I try to get my work into local galleries when I can.
8. What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned since you started selling your own creations?
I think the biggest lesson has been that it takes time to promote and get your name out there. I knew that it would but I think I underestimated the effort required! You have to plan to spend time doing that as well as creating or you will just fill up your house with your art and no one else will ever see it.
9. Is there any advice you can give others who are just starting out?
Don’t be shy — people cannot buy what they have never seen! Network, network, network!!
10.Do you have any favorite Etsy artists you’d like to promote here?
Probably too many to mention but here are a few:
http://www.californiablue.etsy.com — jewelry
http://www.shanineal.etsy.com — felted purses and bowls
http://www.artbygeorgia.etsy.com — original paintings
http://www.muyinmolly.etsy.com — jewelry — lots of lovely pearls
and I also have a weakness for handmade soap so I love a lot of the soap shops on Etsy!!
As do I, Beth, as do I. I’m sure I’ll be featuring one of them soon 🙂
Life is short. Fill it with beautiful things.
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