Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Meet the maker: Selma Rainey
What do you make?
Lampwork glass beads. I mostly make jewellery, right now I am concentrating on creating beautiful vintage pieces, containing elegant filigree findings and garden themed jewellery. I have also started incorporating my beads into wee keepsakes that would make wonderful gifts.
Why would you buy something handmade?
Because of its uniqueness and also due to the time spent designing and creating it.
Where else might we see your work?
Ballantynes department store, Christchurch, Lush Design Gallery, Raumati, Kapiti Coast, The Arts Centre, Christchurch.
How did you get into your craft?
Before I started making my own beads I used to buy different types of beads and make jewellery with these. I sold these pieces to people at my workplace, but I always yearned to make something unique, and there was also a demand from my customers (workmates) for something different, so I borrowed a couple of books from the library, bought some equipment, and got going! I am completely self-taught and three years later, I have had my pieces exhibited in shows and am currently selling at exclusive retailers.
Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
No. I am a plant scientist by trade. I have worked in science, doing research and in the public sector for a number of years. At the moment, I am self-employed as a lampwork and jewellery designer, working from home.
Is there a philosophy behind your work?
Dream of something and make it come to life through your art!
I have two children - a five year old and one year old - both little girls. They keep me very busy, and as much as I love my dears, they sometimes drive me mad! so lampworking is a wonderful creative outlet. Although I enjoy my profession as a scientist, and although it pays extremely well, nothing compares to doing something so creative and fun, plus I get to spend more time with my family.
What are your favourite materials, tools and/or processes?
Italian glass, a very hot torch, and a really heavy kiln! I love making floral beads and using bright colours.