Hoot and other ceramic beads, interview with Kylie Parry

Ceramic house bead by Kylie Parry

My next guest in my series of interviews with bead artists is the very talented American ceramic bead artist Kylie Parry.
Kylie makes beautiful beads and jewelry. She is well known for her cute hoot beads. I’m thrilled and honored Kylie agreed to do this interview, and I think you are as exited as I am to get to know her a bit.




Q: When did you start your career as a ceramic artist? What did you do before you became a bead artist and what made you decide to become one? Was this transition difficult?
A: I was sleeping on my best friend’s futon during my last year of college, completely broke, after blowing my summer wages on a road trip to Las Vegas. Out of desperation, I found Etsy and opened a shop to sell some of the ceramic pendants I was making on the side in my studio pottery course.
I was working towards an art education degree, but daydreamed about being a professional artist. I made a sale. I MADE A SALE!...it was exhilarating. I was hooked.

Ceramic beads by Kylie Parry

Q: Can you tell a bit about the early days of Kylie Parry Studio?
A: I made beads. Lots of beads. I bought an old kiln on Ebay from a maker of casted ceramic cats. It journeyed 8 hours from its home in Michigan, to my apartment, to my parent’s garage, to another rental house, to my current home, over the course of a couple years.
In between kiln locations and life events, I worked random part-time jobs, traveled, and did a smattering of grown-up things. I searched for a “real” job (just hard enough to keep up appearances). One day I received a phone call for an interview (for said “real” job). I cried. That was my ‘aha’ moment. I turned down the interview, burned all my business casual clothes (not really), and made it a goal (and priority) to be my own boss.

Kylie Parry ceramic house bead

Q: Are you self-taught?
A: Somewhat. I took a couple ceramics courses in college, and that gave me a good foundation of basic knowledge. However, I graduated not even knowing how to properly run a kiln. Or start a blog. Or submit an art show application. I learned most of what I know from “google university”...you know, when you don’t know how to do something, so you google it.

Kylie Parry, artisan ceramic bead set

Q: Why did you choose the medium ceramic?
A: The ceramic process is magical. Opening the kiln is like Christmas morning. It never gets old. Before clay, I drew and painted. Making jewelry components is the best of both those worlds. I draw/paint/glaze/carve, satisfying the 2-D part of my brain and also, sculpt/build and get my hands messy.

Kylie Parry necklace wild pendant and ceramic beads

Q: Are you planning to explore other materials as well in the future, like glass or polymer clay?
A: Metals intrigue me. I frittered away an opportunity to learn metals in college. I just wasn’t ‘into’ the class. It just wasn’t relevant. I mean, I wasn’t going to become a professional jewelry maker or anything....*slams forehead*. I would also like to pick up my sketchbook and paintbrush a little more often.

Kylie Parry, ceramic beads necklace

Q: What inspires you in your work?
A: The pieces I create tell a little story about some small, but cherished, part of my life. My family and I are nature-loving, treasure-hunting, adventurous types. Ideas come from nature, the places we’ve been, and the things we found while there. Earthy, weathered, rustic, organic...and all jewelry must be “suitcase packable”- it’s how I roll.

Kylie Parry handmade ceramic pendant

Q: Apart from being a very talented bead artist you are a mother of a gorgeous baby boy. I’m curious: what does a typical day in the life of Kylie Parry looks like?
A: Thanks to coffee, I wake up before the birds and get to work in my studio. I listen to public radio, get sufficiently caffeinated and try to cram a full-days work into a couple hours.
Then, I hang up my artist clothes and become mama. I spend all day with my little guy, doing the sorts of things little guys like to do. I sneak in emails and other small tasks during naps.
When my partner Luke gets home from work... we take walks, we dance in the kitchen, garden, hike, bike, eat good food, eat burnt food, fix our old house, cuss at our old house, plan our weekend adventures and watch bad netflix documentaries (in no particular order).

Q: There are a lot of bead and jewelry artists. Is there a particular artist you admire or who you consider a role model?
A: I admire artists who have a unique voice, and an interesting story to tell. I am always humbled when an artist chooses my beads. Connecting with a customer is connecting with a kindred spirit.

Kylie Parry world map ceramic bead

Q: Do you have a next goal you want to accomplish?
A: My goal is to take a step back. I need to work on being OK with doing less. It is hard. I’ve spent the last couple years growing my art and creating a business that I am proud of. But, now I need to slow down, be present, and savor Juniper’s fleeting baby years.

Q: If you were not a bead artist, what would you be doing?
A: Traveling the world. Saving the whales. Making something with my hands.

Kylie Parry, whale ceramic beads 

Q: Do you have tips, tricks or advise you like to share with us?
A: Play in the dirt (or clay). It’s good for the soul.

Thank you so much for this lovely interview Kylie! I love your story, particularly how you started your career.

You can find Kylie Parry's cute hoot and other gorgeous beads in her etsy shop and more info through her blog.

Regular readers of my interviews know that there will always be some sort of give-away and this interview is no exeption.
Kylie and I have some lovely items for you.

The first give-away

Kylie is so generous and gives away this lovely and cute hoot bead set. I wish I could enter the give-away :)

Kylie Parry give away bead set 

The second give-away

Of course some of her hoot beads found their way to my stash as well.  I've made two necklaces with those cuties for the winner to choose from.

Just let me know in your comment which piece you would like to receive if you win this give-away.

Necklace with owl bead pendant by Esfera Jewelry

Necklace, handmade with stacked owl bead pendant

Necklace with handmade owl pendant on branch

Necklace with hoot bead on branch

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, to get a change to win one of these give-aways. yes, it is that easy.

There are lots of ways you can increase your chances of winning too...

Do any of the following and leave an additional comment each time and you will get an extra entry for each one (yes you will enhance your changes of winning, so please do):

·    Share this give-away on your own blog
·    Share this give-away on your Facebook pages, Google+, Twitter etc.
·    Subscribe to my newsletter
.    Subscribe to my email list for exclusive offers
·    Become a follower of my facebook page
·    Become a follower of the facebook page of Kylie Parry
·    Follow me on Pinterest
.    Follow me on google+
·    Like my Etsy shop
·    Like Kylie on Etsy
.    Follow Kylie's blog
·    Anything else you can think of to spread the word.

Don't forget to leave a separate comment for each method to maximize your chances though! And if you have done one or more of these actions in the past, no worries, just enter the extra comment.

Please don't let the captcha scare you off. It is to prevent the spam robots enter this give-away as well.

The draw will close at 10am GMT on Sunday April 27, 2014 and I will randomly select and announce the winners later that day.

The next artist in this series of interviews with Bead Artists will be Rejetta Sellers, a lovely talented and published bead and jewelry artist.

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


New Kylie Fan

I've just recently discovered Kylie's work and of course became a fan so I loved reading her background!

Really enjoyable read & what

Really enjoyable read & what a gorgeous baby!
Both the necklaces are beautiful in their own right & I would be happy to own either one. I do like the expression on the blue owls face if I had to choose!

owl necklaces

I love the hoot necklaces you've made with Kylie's owls. I think the one one the branch is my fav.

Kylie interview

I love Kylie's work - it was interesting hearing more about her life. I don't know how she does it all with a little boy! I'm impressed!

love love love

I love her work very much, tiny sculptures, works of art.

Fascinating interview

I have followed Kylie's Etsy page for sometime and drooled over the lovely beads, especially the hooties.

Great interview with Kylie!!

Great interview with Kylie!! I'm a big fan and have several of her beads already...so, of course, I would love to win the bead set! Kylie's beads radiate joy--that's why I like them so much!!

I think I already follow

I think I already follow Kylie's blog, but I'll have to check.

Kylie Parry

I 'like/favorited' Kylie's Etsy shop. I love her work.

Kylie Parry

I'm a follower of Kylie's facebook page. And I forgot to say in the previous comment, I'd love to win that second necklace. (If I don't win the beads :) ) I love the little owl on the branch.

Kylie Parry

I love her beads. And it was interesting reading about how she got started and what she loves to work on.

I'm a BIG fan of Kylie's.

I'm a BIG fan of Kylie's. Will also post on my FB page! pickmepickmepickme! And I would love the necklace with the owl sitting on the end of the branch.

Great interview!

I follow Kylie's blog. I will pop back tomorrow to pick up some of the other entry conditions that I don't already do.

great interview!

I like you on FB

Great interview!

I like your etsy shop

Great interview

I like kylie on FB

Great interview!

I like kylie on etsy

Great interview!

Please enter me!

Kylie Perry

I love the owl on the branch. I will also share on Facebook.

Posted on my FB business page!

I just posted about the giveaway on my FB page for my shop, Grace Elements!

I would of course love to win Kylie's beads!

Thanks again!

Subscribed to your email list!

I've already liked yours and Kylie's FB pages and Etsy shops, so the email list was the only new thing I could do!

I adore Kylie's work and yours too Janine! Would love to win the owl on the branch necklace - SO CUTE!

Thank you both for the giveaways! And I really enjoyed reading about Kylie!

Kylie Parry

Kylie's Etsy page is one of my favorites!

Kylie Parry

I follow Kylie's Blog

Kylie Parry

I follow Kylie on Facebook!

Kylie Parry

I have "liked" you on Facebook. What beautiful creations you make!

Kylie Parry

What a great interview! I'm a huge fan of Kylie's work and love owls! Your necklaces are beautiful, but being a jewelry designer myself, I'd have to go with the bead set! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

I would love to win the set

I would love to win the set of beads, I recently discoverd Kylie and I simply cannot stop looking at her work. I bought a set of her beads in her Etsy stop, I'm looking forward to receive them and I would looooooooooooooooooove to win the ones with the owl.
I am a glass artis, Laura Blanck from Openstudio / Openstudiobeads.

Lst but not least...

...I would love to win the owl necklace where the owl is sitting on the branch. I would give it to my little sister who just loves owls!

Following Kylie's Etsy Page

Actually, I follow it WAY too much!

Love Your Etsy Shop!

Your work is very organic!

A Kylie Parry Facebook Fan

Oh yes, I am indeed a huge Liker!

Facebook Page Liker!

I left you a message - hello from The Bea's Knees!

E-mail List

I have subscribed! Thanks!


Another amazing interview Janine - love finding out about all these amazing people and of course you :)
I'd love to enter the giveaway! :)


Another amazing interview Janine - love finding out about all these amazing people and of course you :)
I'd love to enter the giveaway! :)

Absolutely amazing

Brilliant interview Janine - I find these really interesting - amazing people and you!!!
Would love to enter the giveaway ! :)

Share on My Facebook Page

I have shared your lovely giveaway on my The Bea's Knees Facebook page.


last entry and a link to your blog.....

I have put my blog post up about the giveaway and your website.. I will be adding a link to yours from my sidebar- you have some very beautiful items in your store and a very interesting blog. I'll be back :) thanks again for the opportunity to participate!

here's the post:

Love That Owl Bead

I own a LOT (and when I say that I mean too many to say out loud without looking really bad)of Kylie's beads and I have never seen this one!

Love her rustic, organic and

Love her rustic, organic and nature-treasure beads!

I'm in awe of Kylie's art

I'm in awe of Kylie's art work! Love her rustic, nature-treasure beads!

and last but not least.. post to my own blog

and I will be back with that url in a few seconds.....

thanks for the chance to participate in this great giveaway. If I'm lucky enough to win the necklace giveaway (I hope I hope) I love them both, but would prefer the one on the bottom.. the bead giveaway is awesome too.
I'll be linking up to your blog from my own too, happy to have discovered yet another artist :)

followed Kylies blog

almost finished.....lol

liked Kylie on Etsy

more to follow.........

Liked your etsy shop

more to follow....

followed you on Pinterest

more to follow.......

followed Kylie on Facebook....

more to follow......

Joined your Facebook page

more to follow :)

subscribed to your email list...

more to follow :)

subscribed to your newsletter

more to come......

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