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Tamra S. Kriedeman

glass artist  b metalsmith
jewelry designer  b teacher  b student

Since childhood, I have been expressing my creative and artistic talents with food. I have created and prepared recipes of all kinds, and some have become award-winning recipes in local and national contests. Cooking and baking continue to be a passion, but over the last five years I have focused my energies on an emerging talent of creating a beautiful, well-designed and functional signature line of jewelry.

Being self-trained, with a craving to learn, I began dabbling with jewelry design in the spring of 2004. Using very simple materials and tools: jump rings, triangle seed beads, and a pair of pliers, I began feeding my desire to create jewelry. A short time later, absorbing the information from classes on the introduction to hot glass, I began a journey of shaping spheres of molten glass into beautiful lampwork beads and incorporating them into my designs. I have established a profound connection between the tools and materials I use. I have changed my materials and added tools to keep in step with the skills I am using.

I am passionate about the process of each step in the design and production of jewelry; discovering new techniques; carefully selecting the components; keeping the inspiration flowing; going from task to task and adding special touches that make each piece uniquely my own.

My work is always changing and is eclectic in styles and materials. Using glass beads, gemstones, seed beads and natural stringing materials, a variety of metals, I begin with the focus or centerpiece of the design and work outwards. I combine texture with color to add depth to the design. My approach to color is thoughtful and deliberate. Color, simple shapes and texture can evoke feelings of excitement, peacefulness or cheerfulness, as well as express personalities, mark an event, or speak about the wearer’s life. These feelings affect how my customers and I experience and react to the designs and inspire me to create jewelry. My creative spirit and signature style is inspired by life, nature and my immediate surroundings, where I find ideas for colors, texture and embellishments. My designs are made as one-of-a-kind pieces or very limited editions, so you’ll be sure to own something unique and truly special. There are rarely two alike!

As a life-long learner I am still in the process of self-discovery. I aim to develop my skills as a glass artist and metalsmith by exploring new tools, different metals, and glasses. I am particularly interested in cold connections, soldering, fusing, wire and metal work, and continuing to master the color and form of glass. This desire will motivate me to pursue the avenues necessary to master a new set of skills. Through trial and error, reading reference materials, and the occasional instruction from other artists, I will hone my existing skills and advance to the next level in my designs.

A creative mind rarely rests, and that is the story of my life. To expand my horizons, I will attend festivals, hold trunk shows, find retail locations to sell my designs, and learn more about the business side of selling art jewelry. I will submit projects and designs to nationally recognized trade magazines for publication. I will teach metal stamping classes, share my skills, and pass on the proper use of tools to others so they may also experience the process and expression of creating jewelry that is uniquely their own.

I live in scenic southeast North Dakota with my husband Rex, and feline friend, Orson B. Wells. When not in the studio you can find me in the kitchen whipping up some of my favorite recipes…from artisan soups, salads and breads to handcrafted candies and cookies using the fruits and vegetables grown in my organic garden….but that’s another passion and another story.

Emerging New Artist-ArtFest, Grand Forks, ND-June 2008

Featured Artist-JunkFest, Carrington, ND-September 2008

Member: International Society of Glass Bead Makers (ISGB)

Member: Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS)

Member: Pride of Dakota (POD)

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