The Little Glass House
How long have you been making your jewellery?
I have been working with glass since 2006 but have only started to properly sell and brand my product this year in 2016 after my second child was born.
How did you get started?
Back in 2006, I was lucky enough to be living very close to a small art school in Sydney, that offered evening classes. One of those classes was "Making Glass Beads". I was intrigued, to say the least and signed up for a 6 week course. I loved it so much, that over time I have began to invest in some tools and equipment. I practiced whenever I had the chance and I began making gifts for friends and relatives.
I moved to Canada in 2009 and lived there for 2 years. As the weather was so cold I found I was restricted to the house more so than my time in Sydney. However this promoted me to practice and work on my glass skills. Now, 10 years on, my skills have developed, I have started to sell my beads and jewellery. I work two days in my small stuidio under the house on my Carlisle Mini CC torch creating beads that I sell on my website.
What is your greatest inspiration?
I love working with colours and trying to group colours together in an non conventional way. I also love experimenting with shapes and seeing the enless possiblites that you can create with glass.
What is the greatest chanllenge to owning and operating your own buisness?
My greatest challenge is time. There is never enough of it. Especially as I have two young children to take care of and one them is under school age. Its a constant juggling act, but luckily I have a very supportive husband to help out and my children are geat at going to be early so I can work in the evenings as well.
What is the best thing about owing you own creative business?
Being able to do what I love and fit it around the family. Also having the opportunity to experiment and try new things.
My name is Ursula Bates and I create designer lampwork glass beads for use in jewellery designs. All of my beads are made in my studio in Nambour, Queensland.
My beads are of the highest quality and are made with patience, precision, skill and a genuine love of working with hot glass. Unlike Chinease made glass beads, all of my beads are properly annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for strength and durability.
Often my pieces are one of a kind as I dont like to be repetative. I get bored easily so I like to move on to new designs as soon as I can. Working with glass is endless. There really is nothing you can't do with it....as long as you have the patience and the willingness to push your capablities and not get scared at trying something new.
When I'm not doing bead-related shenanigans I am mum to two children and can be found tending to my vegetable garden and chickens, as well as drinking copious amounts of tea.