Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions creates beautifully intricate glass lampwork beads.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Jennifer.
I originally started by taking a class on making a stained glass panel. We had just moved to a new city, into a much smaller home with my husband and 2 year old, and I was going stir crazy. The class was simply a means to get out of the house. However, I was immediately in love with glass, which led to more classes that I had to travel around the country to take. I initially started fusing, but 3 or 4 years after that first stained glass class, I got a torch and haven't done any kind of stained glass construction for about 5 years and even though I have several kilns, I rarely fire any of them except the bead kiln.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I don't know if I could pick just one. I love to spend time with my husband and children. I would be the happiest person alive if I could play in the flame all day, but that is not possible. I also love reading to the point where I will stay up all night because I cannot put the book down.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time. There isn't enough of it. The other big challenge is doing the paperwork involved with it. I just want to pull my hair out when I am working on it. I often avoid it until it is so unmanageable that I feel like I will never dig out.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I went through all kinds career choices-nurse, teacher, doctor, lawyer, journalist, veterinarian, psychologist. I tell my kids now that I want to be a rock star when I grow up. Then I sing a song I made up about wishing I had my teeth while covering my teeth with my lips so it looks like I have none. They just give me "the look"
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Jennifer Maestre [See the SCS interview with Jen here. - ED.]
Element Clay Studio
Monster Op Maat
Irene Suchocki [See the SCS interview with Irene here. - Ed]
What does your future hold?
Laughter, joy, and surprise.
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