Meet Eileen Wade! She creates in the Flameworking Studio and her work is stunning!
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but have lived here in Saint Louis since 1969.
How did you begin working with glass?
I had been making jewelry for about 15 years and was having the hardest time finding certain colors of beads. I told my husband, “I am just going to have to make them myself.” He bought me the six week lampworking class for Christmas.
What inspires you?
Nature and my whimsical sense of humor.
What’s in your toolbox?
An IKEA paring knife, an old silver butter knife, and my favorite small graphite marver.
What are you working on now?
Ideas for a Fairy Garden class and new ideas for necklaces and earrings.
What experiences do teach and what do you enjoy about teaching?
I love to teach beginning bead classes, I enjoy seeing others catch the spark of finding the joy of creating their own beads and sculptures. I used to teach kindergarteners to read and felt that same thrill when the proverbial lightbulb went on and they “understood” how to read a word that they could not read moments before.
What do you love to do when not in the studio?
We’re open Monday-Saturday 10:00a-5:00p and Sunday 11:00a-4:00p.