Artists ~ Beth Needham ~ Barrington

Artist's Name: Beth Needham
Shop name: ByWater Craft and Kenning
Facebook: ByWater Craft and Kenning

1. Tell us about your work
I work primarily in Sterling Silver wire. Although I do also work in Gold Filled (14/20), and copper, and sometimes anodized aluminum, for color. I specialize in chain-maille, and wire wrapping. Mostly I work with bracelets, earrings, and little accessories I call "Bugz". These are little (abount 1 inch in length) pins, created from sterling silver wire, and Swarovski crystal components.

Chain Maille Bracelet by ByWater Craft and Kenning

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have always been interested in jewelry, even as a child. Through the SCA, a Medieval/Renaissance re-enactment group, I watched "the guys" make chaim-maille armor. I thought, I can do that, but make it pretty. When my position at a healthcare insurance company was eliminated, I had ample time to pursue this.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Interestingly enough, I get great inspiration from my customers! Quite frequently, a customer will look at a piece, and say, "that's cool, but could you do it this way instead?" From these suggestions, "Bugz became Spiderz, and an all silver bracelet became a bracelet accented with green, and purple links. I love to listen to other folks thoughts and ideas.

4. What's your favorite item to create?
I have to say the little Bugz & Spiderz. They are really fun, fairly quick, and each little critter develops a personality of its own.

Black Spyderz by ByWater Craft and Kenning

5. What's your best seller?
This varies from show to show. Some times it is the Bugz, some times, its my signature earrings, I call "Simply Spirals" On really good days it's the bracelets!

Simply Spirals earrings by ByWater Craft and Kenning

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
All my life, which is a little over 60 years.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The ocean, the beaches, Water Fire, the food (!) and of course the people!

8. Please include anything else you?d like to add:
I currently display my work for purchase at Maxwell's Made in America (25 West Main Street, Wickford, RI) An artists co-op dedicated to keeping jobs in the USA, and the concept of buying local. There are a great many talented artists there and I'm very proud to be one of that number

I am also a member of Ocean State Artisans, which is a state-wide volunteer organization of Artists, Artisans, Craftspeople and Craft-Related Business Owners for Networking, Information Referral, and Business Information. They are a joy to work with and have been very helpful in suggesting venues, and other business related activities.

I will be participating in the Slater Park Fall Festival on September 21 & 22, at Slater Park in Pawtucket, RI. As well as the Ocean State Artisans Holiday Crafts Festival November 29 & 30 At the CCRI Knight Campus. I'm thrilled to death to be part of both of these shows!


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