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Meet Patricia Tyser Carberry in Prescott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Tyser Carberry.

Patricia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been working in glass for most of my life. Beginning with stained glass, I created custom, one of a kind and limited edition windows for commercial and residential establishments.

Several years later, I attended a workshop on fused glass and became intrigued with working with glass in its molten state. This led to my interest in beadmaking.

Working with glass is very direct and immediate – the ever-changing rainbow of color and light continues to fascinate me. You never know why you’re going to get when you melt glass; it’s always a surprise. It’s like painting with light.

The beads are intensely layered and look like little universes in your hand. They are deeply layered, and I like that you can look into each piece and keep seeing something more inside.

I create my own beads by using the ancient technique of lampworking. To make each bead, I melt glass in an oxygen/propane flame, in temperatures in excess of two thousand degrees Fahrenheit. I then anneal the beads in a kiln for 5 hours or more.

Throughout the 1990s and beyond, I participated in fine craft shows up and down the East Coast.

My husband and I moved to Prescott in 2008, where I continue to create glass beads and jewelry. as well as felted wearable art. Using soft materials like silk and wool are a perfect counterpart.

I have been in many different galleries in Phoenix and in Prescott, but prefer to sell my work through private showings and my website www.ptcarberry.com.

I also do a few shows a year. Les Femmes des Montage, a group of ten women who show at the Hassayampa in July and the Prescott Area Studio Tour which is the first weekend in October. www.prescottstudiotour.com I also participate in various charity and fundraising events in Prescott and Phoenix and can be seen on my website.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I was a philosophy major in college and was introduced to stained glass around that time. I was instantly hooked on it, although my skills took quite a while to develop. Finding a market for my work began to take more time than the actual creation. I worked with architects and interior designers on new construction and redesign.

I traveled to the Pacific Northwest where I was introduced to fused glass, working with glass in a more molten state. This opened up a whole new world for me beyond the stained glass leadline. And a new set of marketing challenges.

I did high-end art and craft shows on the road for 10 years, traveling down the East coast. Although it could be lucrative at times, I found it was not a good fit for me. I now prefer to sell from my website and events in town.

Patricia Tyser Carberry – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in one of a kind wearable art – ever-evolving designs in multiple styles and color choices. Jewelry and accessories to create a unique wardrobe.

Individual service and exclusive jewelry designs are my specialty and have led to lifelong relationships with clients worldwide.

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