Glass artist Beth Gaertner sure has reason to. It was her high school art teacher who first taught Beth how to make glass beads. Beth was instantly hooked. She began to eat lunch in the art room so that she could spend more time at the torch. Soon, Beth realized she had found her passion in life.
Fast forward eleven years. Beth is still working with the torch — now from her own studio. Her workbench is surrounded by containers of beads, color studies, wire squiggles, and half-finished jewelry designs. Beth creates every piece from start to finish by hand, without the use of molds or castings. Each glass element is made one at a time by melting rods of glass with a torch. Beth shapes, hammers, and melts sterling silver wire and tubing to create unique settings for the glass.
For Daily Grommet, Beth has fashioned a silver necklace with three removable glass drops, or pendants. They look like a charming collection of miniature dice and shooting stars. We worked with Beth to select three color schemes — black and white (to add flare to business attire), blue (goes with everything), and multi-colored . Watch our video to discover your favorite.