Ceramic and polymer clay beads - interview with Claire Lockwood

Claire Lockwood, Something to do Beads, ceramic birds

My guest this month is multi talented UK artist Claire Lockwood. She is a well-known jewelry as well as a bead artist and her work has been published in numerous magazines.
I hope you are as curious about her as I am. Here we go!

 

Interview

Q: From you website I understood you were working on a PhD in modernist poetry before you started making jewelry. Can you tell us a bit of  the beginning of your career as a jewelry artist?
When I left home, in my late teens, I first went to do a Fine Art degree, so creating things was not a new thing for me.  I think the thing that turned me on to jewellery was getting my ear pierced in my late twenties. I got a bit obsessed with buying earrings, then buying all forms of jewellery, particularly vintage jewellery. At some point it occurred to me that I might try making some myself.

Claire Lockwood, Something to do, earrings

Q: Do you work full time as an artist?
Yes, I do, although that makes it sound like I comfortable living from what I do and that is far from being the case!

Claire Lockwood, bracelet bar

Q:  If I’m correct I believe you first started to make beads with polymer clay. Later you added ceramic beads to your repertoire. Why did you choose these materials to work with? Are you planning to explore other materials as well in the future, like glass or metal?
I started out with polymer clay because it was something I could do at home in a limited domestic space. I saw a few demonstrations and thought I’d give it a go. I did ceramics for a number of years when I was younger (although I would never have thought to make beads then): my grandma started me on it, cavalierly allowing me to mess around with clay and manganese dioxide on her dining table when I was still pretty young.  I always wanted to go back to it, especially when I started making beads.  The difficulty of housing a kiln somewhere got in my way for a while, but I eventually persuaded my parents that they wanted a kin in their shed. I feel more at home with ceramics than I ever did with polymer so I’m delighted that I can use it now.  I’m planning to book some classes to learn more about metalwork, but that will primarily be to learn things which I can use in my own jewellery rather than making components to sell.

Claire Lockwood, ceramic beads

Q: Are you self-taught?
I guess I am, by-and-large. Although, I’m always learning things from other designers. Also, when I picked the ceramics back up I did a couple of terms of weekly classes with a local ceramicist to refresh my knowledge of things and learn more about firings and things.

Claire Lockwood, Somtehing to do beads, ceramic beads

Q: What inspires you in your work?
Oh, all manner of things.  With jewellery, I tend to be inspired by the materials I have in front of me. I’ll have one thing to hand then I’ll think of something else that would look interesting with it. I love finding unusual connections in shapes or colours or whatever.  With the beads, I might be inspired by organic forms or vintage designs and patterns – or I might be inspired by the potential I see in a glaze or a decorating technique.

Claire Lockwood, handmade earrings

Q: What does a typical day in the life of Claire looks like?
At the moment, my day starts with coffee, toast and marmelade, then answering emails and things. I like – if possible – to take a little time to work on some small thing, often earrings, before I go and attend to whatever needs doing that day.  Creating-wise, the rest of the day is ususally filled with making beads or glazing, working on jewellery designs, packing orders, photo-shopping, or drafting Etsy listings – all the usual stuff.

Claire's workspace:

Claire Lockwood

 Inside the kiln:

Claire Lockwood, work in progress

Q: You are well known for your gorgeous jewelry and beads. You are a regular contributor to the UK magazine Beads & Beyond and to the blogs Art Bead Scene and Earrings Everyday. You have achieved a lot in the bead and jewelry world. Is there a next goal you want to accomplish?
Really?!  I’m not sure about goals but there are some things I like to do yet. However, I feel mentioning them now might jinx my plans so I’ll have to be tight-lipped on this one!

Claire Lockwood, ceramic beads

Q: Is there a particular bead and/or jewelry artist you admire or who you consider a role model?
This is a predictable answer, if you know my jewellery. I’d have to say Petra Carpreau of Scorched Earth.  Her ceramic pieces have been instrumental in the development of my designs and I’m not sure what my work would look like if it weren’t for Petra’s work.  However, when it comes to making beads, I am constantly trying to avoid making pieces that look like Petra rip-offs!

Claire lockwood, handmade earrings

Q: If you have to choose between being a jewelry or a bead artist, what would you choose and why?
Tricky one!  For various reasons it’s quite hard to pick one. Today I think – if I was really pushed to answer – that I’d go with the jewellery, but another day, I might say it would have to be beads.

Claire Lockwood, handmade earrings

Q: If you were not a bead and jewelry artist, what would you be doing?
I guess I would be doing something academic – I still have a part completed PhD that has been totally neglected for the last few years.  Beads are to blame for that!

Claire Lockwood, ceramic beads

You can find Claire’s beads and jewelry on etsy.
And more info can be found on her website and facebookpage.

And of course this interview would not be complete without a give-away.

Give-away 1

Claire is so kind to contribute a gift voucher of 15 USD to this give-away. The winner can use this in either her bead or her jewelry shop. Yep, you can soon be the proud owner of either a beautiful piece of jewelry or some gorgeous beads.

Claire Lockwood, gift voucher

Give-away 2

Yes, I am the proud owner of a gorgeous beadset from Claire. I combined these with some beads from my stash (matte glass, recycled glass, lampwork glass from Sistersbeads, Naga shell, coral, Maya "silver"beads, wood, chain) and made a necklace and bracelet.
The winner can pick it's favorite.

Esfera jewelry, Janine Lucas, handmade necklace

Janine Lucas, Esfera jewelry, handmade necklace with ceramic beads, glass and coral

Esfera jewelry, Janine Lucas, handmade bracelet

Handmade bracelet by Esfera jewelry

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The draw will close at 10am GMT on Sunday June 7, 2015 and I will randomly select and announce the winners later that day.

The next artist in this series of interviews with Bead Artists are......Cherie and Celest from Sistersbeads

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you next time.

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Lovely interview! I really like what you are creating Claire!

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Claire's jewelry and components are so fantastic. I love everything she makes. A very talented woman. Great interview. So nice getting to know the woman behind the art.

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Love Claire's work! Your pieces with her beads are fab too!

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Another great interview with a great designer - always interesting to read and learn more about the makers!
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This is a great interview - as always. I do love learning a bit about how people became artists and how their process works. Thanks for the giveaways as well!

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I just shared your interview on my FB page. Lots of my beadie friends will enjoy your time with Claire. Thanks Janine!

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview with Claire Lockwood. I'm a huge fan of her work.

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