What is your personal name, business name, website and location?
Joan MillerJoan Miller Porcelain, http://www.joanmiller.com/, Fleetwood, PA
2. What kind of beads do you make? What kinds of processes do you use? What is your favorite beadmaking technique?
Most of my beads are colored porcelain with a high gloss glaze. I use a combination of techniques with colored porcelain slip. I use the same porcelain stained different colors to both form my beads and decorate on them. Bead bases may be hand formed or cast or combination. Decoration is applied with small detail brushes and needle tools.
5. What is your workspace like and how do you work in your studio? What is a typical day like?
I work at home in a small spare bedroom and have my kilns in the basement. Typically I try and work in 2 to 3 hour sessions. I take breaks and try and get outside. Having three dogs helps; I am not allowed to skip walks! Drying time is crucial in my process, so I will often have several piecesgoing at once. Usually if I am working on a complicated focal, I will work at several smaller beads at the same time so that each stage is applied at the optimum time. Often I do a morning, afternoon and evening session.
7. What beady plans do you have for the future? Do you have new designs or ideas you will be exploring soon?
Email me by Oct. 31 that you read my interview on Art Bead Scene and be entered in a drawing for one of my flower skulls . Drawing on Nov. 1.