Voyage Phoenix Interview

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Meet Patricia Tyser Carberry in Prescott

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

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. 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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