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5 questions with Eva Sherman

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Eva_Sherman

Eva M. Sherman of Lakewood, OH, has been a shop owner and instructor since 2005. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and loves to design in an organic and unstructured style. Her latest book, Cool Copper Cuffs, features 25 of her designs. In it, she explains how to use punching, dapping, fold-forming and other techniques to create a wide variety of looks.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CREATING?

I began beading as a way to spend time with my daughters, and soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 I traded my architectural career for the opportunity to spend all my time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Lakewood, which is a suburb of Cleveland. I now happily spend most of my days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but sometimes I take my show on the road.

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO LEARN?

I take classes and watch videos and then practice and vary the process until it has my own spin on it. The best advice I ever got was, “Don’t strive for perfection, strive for mastery.”

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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO DESIGN AND TO WORK?

My esthetic tends towards raw, unstructured, and organic. Most of my work uses metal as the main component, but I like to add color with enamels and most recently polymer clay. I have a great studio in an old industrial building with 50 feet of north-facing factory windows. I love it there! When I work, I always have two things with me: coffee and my Pandora music.

WHAT’S THE MOST EMBARASSING MISTAKE THAT YOU EVER MADE?

I once had an entire class of 15 students solder their tube bezels in upside down!

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?

Of course I’m always busy running Grand River Bead Studio and teaching. I’ve submitted some proposals for classes I plan to teach at the next Bead&Button Show, where I hope to teach people how to make my metal cuffs and other fun projects like “From the Ruins of Pompeii.” Also, I think I have one more book idea….

Learn more about Eva by visiting her blog, Eva Sherman Designs. Her books, Cool Copper Cuffs and Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry, can be found in our online store. You can see her demonstrate a technique from Cool Copper Cuffs in this video.

Purchase Eva’s book, Cool Copper Cuffs, here.

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