I met lampwork artist Ralph McCaskey at Bead Expo in Oakland last spring. He had a long table full of beads, but honestly, the only ones that I remember are the monsters! Each monster bead has its own personality, which makes purchasing one more like an adoption than a mere financial transaction. Ralph also has the most unusual business cards I've ever seen—miniature glass bottles, not mere pieces of paper. Ralph makes a wide range of other, non-monster beads, including glass eyeballs for polymer clay artists (or rather, he creates eyeballs for something—maybe figures or dolls?—that polymer clay artists make.) Absolutely no polymer clay artists were harmed during this interview—enjoy! ...
Sep 17, 2007