"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
- e.e. cummings
Allow me to introduce to you lampwork and metal bead artists Patti and Valentin Hernandez of Atlantis Glass and Bead.
ABS::What is your background? Did you take classes, get a degree, are you self-taught?
AGB:: We are a husband and wife team. Each of us have over 13 years experience in the glass industry, starting with neon tubing, sculpture, glass fusing and now lampwork bead making. We have full time been self-representing glass artists for almost 10 years now. For the most part we are self taught with many "Well that didn't work" moments that have brought us to where we are today.
AGB:: Our name Atlantis Glass & Bead came from a love of the ocean and the mystery surrounding the lost city. At the time we had no idea what our glass bead business could grow into, but we felt the name left us room to grow.
ABS:: I noticed that you also have a shop for finished jewelry pieces called Poseidon's Booty. Have you always sold your jewelry? What piece is your favorite?
AGB:: Although we opened our ETSY store in 2006 we began seriously focusing on it's success in 2008. With daily listing and constantly adding new product we quickly began to see our efforts pay off. We had sold mainly on Ebay since the early 2000's. With the daily efforts of growing our business on ETSY we were able to shut down our Ebay store late last year which had been a goal of ours for some time. We also have our own personal website http://www.atlantisglassandbead.com/ which we continue selling from, too. We are lucky to say we have not had to do much advertising with Facebook or Twitter, most of our business is based on return customers. We appreciate our customers.
AGB:: We always seem to have quite a few ideas on the back burner. Recently we have started to experiment with using glass enamels on metal. Fusing glass and metal together...what could be better? I can see a whole new line of colorful metal findings brewing!!!
Visit Atlantis Glass & Bead online:
http://www.atlantisglassandbead.com/ - The full Atlantis Glass & Bead collection in one place
AtlantisGlassAndBead on Etsy - Glass and metal that are meant to be together!
Poseidon's Booty on Etsy - Stunning finished jewelry!
Special Discount for ABS Readers!
Patti and Valentin have offered a 10% discount off any purchase in BOTH their Etsy shops (see links above) using the coupon code ABS10 through March 31st.
I am off to shop. How about you?
Erin Prais-Hintz writes about all things that inspire her at Treasures Found::Inspiration Is Everywhere. Her jewelry designs are one-of-a-kind made one-at-a-time. She collects quotes and dust and invites you to send her your favorite (quote - not dust!) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out her brand spankin' new website at Tesori Trovati.