For bead or glass makers, every day they go to open the kiln, or oven, to see their finished creation is like Christmas, according to bead maker Darlene Hayes.
“You get to see what you created for the first time,” Hayes said. “You never know how it turned out.”
Hayes and partner Linda Host are offering the same experience to other bead and glass makers at their new studio, Tru Art Glass Studio, 520 W. Sunset Road.
The studio allows other artists to work without worrying about having a place to store their products or buying all the equipment right away.
Hayes started bead making in California.
“I used to sew custom saddle pads for horses,” Hayes said.
Hayes started adding beadwork to the saddle pads. One day while exploring online auction company eBay, she came across a kit that would allow her to make beaded jewelry at home.
“I didn’t realize anyone could do this,” Hayes said.
Hayes developed a following with her work that continued even after she moved to Henderson to be closer to family.
Hayes had worked out of her garage for the past five years developing different types of glass art and beaded jewelry.
A few years later, Host, who also is a bead maker, contacted Hayes about working together.
The two began talking about opening a space where artists could work.
“It would be more of a co-op type place,” Hayes said. “The money we made would go back to the building or to buy equipment.”
The place they had in mind would allow artists to have a month-to-month membership that allows them to come in and use the equipment Hayes and Host had.
“That way, people don’t have to purchase equipment or spend several thousand dollars just to try out (a new hobby),” Hayes said. “They might end up buying their own equipment or realizing they don’t like it. This way, they can try it out.”
The back of Tru Art Glass Studio is a studio space with tools, equipment and an area for artists to work in, while the front of the shop is set up to sell merchandise with beaded work made by Hayes and Host and other glasswork from local artists.
Hayes said she has a 15 percent consignment fee for artists who want to set up work in the studio.
“I have had studios approach me who want a 40 percent consignment fee,” Hayes said.
Hayes added that it’s hard for an artist who wants to set up a booth or be a vendor at an art show and is expected to pay a $400 vendor fee.
“You have to worry about breaking even or even if you can make any money,” Hayes said.
The space at Tru Art Glass Studio is designed not to take money from the artists or burden them with large fees to set up their displays.
In addition to offering a space, Host said, they hope to offer classes so the artists can expand their skills.
“We want to schedule demonstrations so people can learn and we can learn new stuff ourselves,” Host said.
Hayes said that when she was at the Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival in April, she met a woman who makes Ukrainian eggs. She hopes to have the woman teach members how to make the eggs.
“They are beautiful pieces of art,” Hayes said. “She adds beadwork to them, too.”
Hayes and Host aren’t reaching out to many people for memberships.
“If they find us, that’s great,” Hayes said.
Currently, Tru Art Glass Studio has a few members, but Hayes and Host plan to limit the number of people to 25 at $40 a month.
If members want to access the studio, they just have to call Hayes or Host to let them in.
Regular customers can stop by Tru Art Glass Studio between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit truartglass.com.
Contact Henderson/Anthem View reporter Michael Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 387-5201.