What is your favorite item in your shop? Probably my mosaic birdfeeder. I just love making all my glass, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. What inspires you to create? I love nature, gardening and such. So usually when I look around at my yard, other’s yards or gardens, I see things I would either like to try to make in glass or to enhance by making something in glass to fit in/beautify it.
And do you have any inspirational advice for other artists? Just do what you love. Don’t worry about what others think about your art. The only thing that matters is what you think and what you need to do to make it your own. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you do, but there also will always be someone who does. Just make yourself happy.
Do you create in more than 1 medium? I have had a lot of hobbies in the past. Mainly I stick with glass now, although I do add some beadwork to my things. I also still love macramé (which I started as a teenager, while visiting family in California) so I still do some of that. I made a macramé guitar strap for my youngest son, who plays guitar, that he just loves. So then I made him a stained glass guitar with a mini macramé guitar strap for his graduation that he also loves and pictures his favorite pastime. In fact, I added my macramé to my glass work with the “Ocean Meets the Sky” suncatcher, which has a macramé hanger with some of the same seashells that are in the glass work.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose? And why? Still in Texas, but closer to San Antonio. My hubby and I both love San Antonio and the riverwalk. We also really enjoy the Spanish/Mexican culture. And there we would be in a place we enjoy and with a culture we enjoy. In fact, we’re both working on our Spanish to improve it and be able to converse easier, since there are so many Spanish speaking people here in Texas.
What is your favorite food? Chocolate-if there was no chocolate, I wouldn’t have to watch my weight.
Favorite animal? Horses first (we recently had to sell our horses and I really miss them) and then dogs. I love my Blue Heeler, Cheyenne. She’s a great dog, but not quite sure what to do with herself, since we sold the horses, so she tries to round up us, our cats, the deer, you name it, she rounds it up. They don’t always appreciate it however.
Favorite color? Red or purple. I find most everything I do tends to lean towards those 2 colors or shades of them.
Do you have a favorite quote you'd like to share? Either ‘Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” because it only matters whether we like it or not. Or-"A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else." John Burroughs Because it reminds me we all need to take responsibility for ourselves and what we do.
Now for all the diffferent places you can view Kayz current and past works plus other wonderful pictures of her life in Texas:
http://kaysglass.com/ Although my website just shows pics of things I’ve done or already sold. I’m getting ready to take a class on making websites so I can redo it and sell from it.
http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/ I blog about my family, glass, our Texas wildlife property and other great Etsy shops I find.
Thank you Kay for taking the time to do this interview and share a little more about yourself. Be sure to visit KayzKreationz on Etsy and see what favorites you'll find there. My personal favorite is the Pyramid Beach Sandscape .