Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cats Paw Artifacts

Judy Richards the owner of Cats Paw Artifacts, aka Catldy99 , says her shop is named after what else? Her cats. Does she have 99 cats? (To be disclosed later.)

Judy, a magna cum laude graduate who obtained her BA in Technical Theatre from the University of Minnesota, has also taken coursework in Graphic Design as well as in lampworking. She has bead weaving for about 10 years and making beads for about 5, and is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Exceptional Funny Valentine Vessel Necklace (above)

Beautiful lampwork bracelet (at left)

Judy says she is also is also a member of the Portland Bead Society and the ORBS (Oregon Regional Beadmakers Society).

Judy makes lampwork beads and designs jewelry - unique and hopefully artful jewelry. She is always striving for new ideas, new shapes in glass.

She says that she is inspired by nature (flowers, birds) depicted in glass. She loves abstract lampwork most of all with layers of glass and complexity, and that she is always striving to that goal.

"She has done the work of reasonably exact glass beads - but yearns to break out of that toward something more complex and deep in an artistic sense. She also has a sense of humor and doesn't take herself too seriously - she is the owner of 2 cats, hence the cat beads. Judy likes to laugh and make others smile with her work."

Lovely necklace with lampwork pendant

Cats Paw Artifacts can be found at:

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