I picked up Twiggy’s business card at a gift shop in a little town in southern Arizona where her jewelry was on sale. Serendipity, perhaps? I’ve been thinking of using lampwork beads in some of my beadwork but hadn’t found anything that caught my eye.
According to the card Rattlesnake Ranch Studio was about 20 minutes down the road. A couple of e-mails and a few days later I was pulling into Twiggy’s driveway on the Sonoran Desert.
It was a wonderful afternoon. I’ve never been in a glass studio before and Twiggy kindly gave me a tour. This glimpse helped me begin to understand the skill and expertise she brings to her work.
Later, sitting in the sun on the patio, she brought out some of her finished work. Right away I knew there was a problem: How was I ever going to choose? Twiggy’s work is lovely and picking the pieces I wanted to buy was oh so hard.
I reluctantly settled on 4. One of the sets is already on its way to becoming a necklace. I’ll post pics when it’s finished. These are my other choices. The bright reds and greens are no surprise for people who know me. The subtle pinks and lilacs are a change of pace — they bring spring to mind so perhaps inspiration will strike as the days grow longer and the earth puts forth blossoms again.