As a very young girl, Paula Radke, knew creating with her hands was going to be her path. An influencial teacher in grade school opened her world to creative driven passion through silversmithing, printmaking, ceramics, watercolor and drawing.
In the early 1980’s, Paula discovered glass making. She studied with Boyce Lundstrom at Camp Colton, Oregon and the alchemy of glass has kept her attentions for three decades.
Paula was an early contributor to the Glass Bead Makers Movement in the early 90’s. She handcrafts beads using the ancient techniques of the Italian masters but uses a glass that became well known in the 1990’s-Dichroic Glass. Paula designed a line of beads and pendants for Michaels’ Arts and Craft stores, Hobby Lobby and Joanne’s Craft Stores nationwide.
Paula now resides in Morro Bay, California, with her cat Zelda. She has a small gallery and a large studio in which classes in glass making are often offered.
FUSED & CAST GLASS
“I am a technique driven artist. I love pushing the limits of any learned technique. I am still finding new ways to change the physical shape and viscosity of glass through fusing, casting and flameworking.” – Paula Radke
WHAT IS DICHROIC GLASS?
Dichroic glass beads are unique in their coloring – rather than having one solid hue, these beads display two different colors when placed in differing lighting conditions, making them a wonderful and lovely accent piece. Both beautiful and unique, these beads are perfect for jewelry making and art projects.
My way of creating these beads is unique. I use only the highest quality materials and devote my attention and efforts to make each bead special and unique. Every bead is created with the utmost care by hand, creating each magnificent dichroic bead that looks completely distinct and beautiful as possible. Every single bead is important to me, because every single bead is important to you and your work.
WHAT IS ART GLASS CLAY?
Expanding on an idea explored by Paul Kimball, Paula Radke has discovered a way to shape glass that requires no heat. ArtGlass Clay has been in development since 2010. I have a 90 COE and a 96 COE system with over 50 colors available. ArtGlass Clay is great for making jewelry, mosaic or fusing components.