I have long admired the work of Sharon Borsavage. I asked her if she would make a few pieces of jewelry for this post using some of my lampwork beads, and if she would answer a few questions about herself and her inspiration!
Sharon lives in PA and her day job is a designer for a tile showroom. She states, "We help people pick out
their tile for new homes, remodeling projects, etc. In the past few
years though I do more bookwork than designing, but that is okay...I
have worked there for 25 years! I do everything I guess you can say, but
the day goes by fast and I love the people I work with and because we
have a customer base of contractors and stores that have been consistent
over many years I have a big extended family and I know many wonderful
used to do a little polymer clay, and have saved some of the better
beads I made. I loooove doing mixed media. It is a passion of mine and
collage is another passion! My college background and degree is in Fine
Art, so that is my first love. Inks, paints and paper make me happy!"
Sharon is mostly self taught. "I initially took a beginner wire work jewelry
class many years ago, which fueled my love of making jewelry. I bought
many books, and taught myself almost everything. The only online classes
I have taken are from Deryn Mentock, of course one of the best in the
business, and that was on bezel making, and some silversmithing. I was
taught in college that you could teach yourself ANYTHING from a good
book and peristence and practice. Of course classes are much easier! Oh,
I have taken a silversmithing class online from Terri Brush that I
liked a lot too!"
Sharon's jewelry takes on a lot of vintage feel. She states, "A
lot of my inspiration comes from flea markets and vintage shops. I buy a
lot of vintage jewelry and take it apart. I love using little bits and
pieces from it. I could spend hours and hours in these shops, and
sometimes do! I am also immensely inspired by my fellow artists!
Everything everyone creates inspires me to create!"
Sharon tells me, "My
favorite materials are sterling silver, big baroque pearls when I can
afford them..ha,...lampwork glass, and almost any gemstone! But
seriously, put me in any bead shop and I start to have heart
You can see Sharon's jewelry in her etsy store, Livewire Jewelry. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from her store!
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