In late 2006 a lampworking class in the local YMCA
course catalog caught Marlene McDonald’s
attention.  The idea of making beads out of glass
rods melted in a jet of flame appealed to her.  
Apparently painting, her previous medium of choice,
wasn’t dangerous enough.  When the class was
cancelled Marlene sought out the instructor (Chris
Fisher,
www.chrisfisherart.com) and arranged
private lessons.  Within weeks, Marlene had
purchased her own torch and set up a tabletop
workshop in her basement.

Thus began an odyssey of experimentation, hard
work and dedication that continues today.The end
product of all that time on the torch was, of course,
beads.  Lot of beads.  In the beginning small and
simple ones.  Later, large and complex ones.   
Then, with her move to coastal North Carolina in late
2007, mermaids, sea shells, and other nature
inspired themes became her passion.  It then
quickly became obvious to Marlene that she couldn't
just make beads - she had to do something with
them.  And, since beads are always at their finest
as items of personal adornment, jewelry-making
was the natural answer.  

And so, Marlene’s beads have found a happy home
in the fine sterling jewelry she makes.  She hopes
you like what you see on her website, and invites
you to contact her with your questions or
comments.  She will post her new beads and
finished pieces so please check back frequently.
Marlene, in her studio, making shells on her
torch.
"Your Key to See Life"

2009 First Place Winner at Autumn
with Topsail
"Treasure of the Sea"

2010 Third Place Winner at Autumn
with Topsail

Awards and Honors

October 17, 2015
3rd Place Winner
Fine Craft
Autumn with Topsail

April, 11, 2015
1st Place Winner
Jewelry
Delray Affair

Winter, 2014
"Victory Angel"
featured in The Flow Magazine
10th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass

October 17, 2014
'VICTORY ANGEL"
2nd Place Winner
Bethlehem Burners
"Show Us Your Glass"


October, 2014
3rd Place Fine Crafts
Autumn with Topsail Art Show
Topsail Beach, NC

June, 2014
5th Place Overall
Whalehead Club Art Show
Corolla, NC

October, 2013
1st place  Fine Crafts
Autumn with Topsail Art Show
Topsail Beach, NC

June, 2013
4th Place Overall
Whalehead Club Art Show  
Corolla, NC

Marlene's new Atlantean Mermaid was
published in the June, 2013 issue of the
Soda-Lime Times

April, 2012
"Best in Jewelry"
Savannah Fine Arts on the River Show.  

November, 2011
"Purchase Award"
Space Coast Art Festival.

May, 2011
"Best in Show"
Blue Crab Festival, Little River, SC.  

October, 2010
3rd place
Autumn in Topsail Art Show
"Treasure of the Sea" Necklace.

October, 2009
1st Place
Autumn in Topsail Art Show
"Your Key to See Life".

October, 2008
3rd Place Overall
Autumn in Topsail Art Show   
"Best in Jewelry"
Savannah Fine Arts on the River,
April 19, 2012
4th Place
Whalehead Club Art Show,
Corolla, NC, June 19-20, 2013
"Baroque Conch Shells"

5th Place
Whalehead Club Art Show
Corolla, NC
June 18-19, 2014
"Victory Angel"

2nd Place Winner
Bethlehem Burners
"Show Us Your Glass"
October 17, 2014
1st Place in Jewelry
Delray Affair
Delray Beach, FL
April 11, 2015
"Tropical Fantasy Mermaid"

3rd Place
Autumn with Topsail
Topsail Beach, NC
October 17, 2015