2019 Margaret River Region Open Studios | Nalda Hoskins

Enter the colourful world of Busselton bead maker Nalda Hoskins at the ArtGeo Complex during this year's Margaret River Region Open Studios.
Enter the colourful world of Busselton bead maker Nalda Hoskins at the ArtGeo Complex during this year's Margaret River Region Open Studios.

When you enter the colourful world of Busselton bead maker Nalda Hoskins you cannot help but be fascinated by the intricate glass designs she creates.

Ms Hokins has worked with glass and flames for the past 14 years to create wonderful and colourful pieces of jewelry.

Not a stranger to working with glass, Ms Hoskins previously worked with sheet glass to make lampshades, windows, sun catchers and jewelry boxes.

"I discovered bead making accidentally through my son who was working with a glassblower, there was a bead maker working at their gallery and he brought home some of the first beads he made," she said.

"It opened up this whole new world about the possibility of bead making, I began researching online and bought some books, one day I sat down and found some success.

"Everything I make now is pretty much a bead, I work with an open flame using heat and gravity to form beads of different shapes and colours.

"I can use a number of techniques to twist colours together, a myriad of interesting different reactions happen to the glass to produce different colours."

Ms Hoskins said she was working hard to get pieces made for this year's Margaret River Region Open Studios event.

"I start with coloured rods, a whole range of transparent and opaque colours, it is possible to layer the colours and at times there are reactions between colours in the way they melt together.

"For lamp workers, we have easy and more difficult glass to work with.

"One of my favourite glasses is the double helix range from America which produces beautiful lusters on the surface of the beads or under the casement."

Ms Hoskins said her emotional response to colour effected what she did, she is able to pick up rods to workout what colours work well together to formulate her ideas.

In some of her latest designs, Ms Hoskins has created beads with hand painted frogs sitting on top which she will turn into pendants.

"I turn things into earrings, or pendants, or a series of beads to form a necklace."

A couple of years ago Ms Hoskins started teaching bead making at her studio which she said was a big learning curve which challenged her to convey to other people what she did in language.

"I found it really satisfying to see people grasp the concepts and to guide them through the steps, in a class you walk away with six or seven beads which you have made, with a little bit of help from me."

Her studio is located at the Old Court House in Busselton's ArtGeo Complex and she was looking forward to meeting people during this year's open studio event.

"When people visit you during Open Studios they are already interested in what you do and how you do it, the event is a really enjoyable experience for everybody."