About Me


Hello! I’m Ali, a lampworker and the designer-maker at All About the Beads.

I create jewellery for women who love colour and who are looking for something pretty, maybe a little edgy and definitely a bit out of the ordinary ~ perhaps that’s you?

 I love talking to my customers about their favourite colours; and if you are looking for something in a specific shade, either to match an outfit or just because it’s a colour that makes you smile ~ I may have the right piece for you.

I draw inspiration for my creations from fine art and from the changing colours in the natural world around me. I like to think my pieces are evocative of Impressionist paintings, which I admire for their subtle use of blended colours and depiction of light. The rainbow of glass rods and gemstones that I use to create my glass beads and jewellery is the equivalent of my artist’s paint box and the process of making is my ‘creative sanity’.

A rainbow of lampwork glass rods in a shelf

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I started All About the Beads in 2008. I have always been creative, but at 18 I chose an academic degree rather than a formal art education, so as a jewellery designer I am mostly self-taught. I am very lucky to have made some talented friends along the way, who have shared their skills and experience, encouraged me to learn new techniques and cheered me on as I have developed my own unique style.

 

Quality is as important to me as I know it is to my customers and each piece I create is made in my garden workshop ~ my Blue Studio ~ with love and care. My glass beads are all annealed in my little kiln for durability, cleaned and checked before I use them in my designs. I use high quality gemstone and pearl beads in my work and my larger silver pieces are hallmarked, in accordance with UK law.

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If you are in the West Midlands and would like to see and try my pieces in person, I'll be at the following markets and events: 

~ Moseley Arts Market ~ 
Saturday 26 May, 30 June & 28 July 2018, 9am - 3pm
Alcester Rd, Moseley Village, Birmingham B13 
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~ Mac Contemporary Arts Market ~ 
Sunday 3 June, 1 July & 7 October 2018, 11am - 5pm
mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham B12 9QH
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 ~ Lichfield Festival Market ~ 
Saturday 7 July 2018, 10am - 4pm
Dam Street & Cathedral Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire
(I'll be on Dam Street, right by the Minster Pool)
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~ Leamington Art in the Park ~ 
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August 2018 , 10am - 6pm
Jephson Gardens,  Royal Leamington Spa