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Jodi Hesting
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
About me...well I am a full time artist and I also teach classes in glass working and various forms of jewelry making out of my home studio. I have been making my art for the last 20+ years, and I have been through many stages. I work mostly with hot glass, but also love to dabble in wood-burning(pyrograhpy), silver-smithing, jewelry creation, stained glass, painting, leather-work, crochet, and clay. If I stay creating in one medium for too long I get bored, so I move back and forth frequently, but melting glass always draws me back the fastest! Must be the pyro in me!

I am inspired by, and pull my designs from nature and my surroundings here in the beautiful Arizona desert. I love color and can't help but to use a lot of it!
I love living in Arizona and enjoy hiking, traveling, rock and gem hunting, exploring, camping, star-watching, and listening to my favorite music while I burn some incense and create!
Thanks for checking out my stuff and if you so feel inclined to leave a comment!
You can find my work for sale on my website www.beadworx.com
Blessings!
Jodi :)
I have been taking some time to spend with family and friends, and also just spending some time pampering myself to some "Me" time. It has been wonderful and I highly recommend it!

I spent a week in Tucson with my Step-mom just to have some "girl" time. I have been spending more time out in nature. I have been doing even small things through-out my day to treat myself, like salt water baths, reading a good book, splurging for some hand-made lip balm, walking around outside barefoot - "Earthing", playing good music, dancing around the house when the urge comes on, you get the idea! :)
My "Me" time always includes being creative too...of course! It is what truly makes my heart sing! So I have lots of new creations...just have to take some photos yet.

I was already a care-free, kind of free-spirit soul, but this "new" me that is emerging feels even more alive and more creative, and more in touch with myself then I ever thought possible!

Honestly, I don't know if it is because another birthday is just around the corner, (gonna be 44 in just under two months), or if it is because I have been pondering more as I get older, reading more, expanding more, questioning more what my purpose in life is, or some grand cosmic paradigm shift??.......
But I have come to the conclusion that life is BEAUTIFUL!

You are beauty, I am beauty, WE are beauty! Our Mother Earth is such a beauty!
And I feel so fulfilled by bringing art into any part of that beauty!! If my art touches even one person, I will feel even more awesome and more beautiful!
Sometimes I get this feeling of guilt, being able to be an artist full time, being able to let my heart and passion be what I get to do for a living..it doesn't feel like "work", hence the "guilt" feeling. But last night as I lay pondering about this, about what purpose was I really here for???....It was like a bolt of awakening hit me, WHAT IF that is my purpose, to help myself, and even just one person more.....to feel, to see, to experience, or to re-member beauty! It made me smile at the thought of it, it made me laugh at the
simplicity of it, it made me cry at the beauty of it. "YES!!" I said!

So here I am today full of beauty..recognizing the beauty around me, recognizing the beauty in you, filling my soul up with beauty, letting it spill over everything!! Finding beauty in doing the laundry, appreciating all that I have, all my freedoms, all my luxuries, all my gifts. Truly feeling so blessed and just wanting to pass this electricity on! :)

Honestly, if I could I would give away all of my art that I create for free...to whom ever would appreciate it, to whom ever needed it, to whom ever it touched, that is what would truly make my soul shine the strongest!! One day I hope I can be at that point in my life,  but alas, I have to pay bills like we all do. However, I hope even though I charge for my artwork to cover my expenses of creating and being able to make a bit of a living with it.... I so hope above all, that you can feel the love I pour into my creations,
the beauty I feel for all life, for all creation...and hope that this beauty will bring more beauty into your life, because WE ARE BEAUTY! WE ARE LOVE!
'I wish....'

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blenqui Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!:) (Smile) .:Happy star:. :squeak:  
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JKL-Designs Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Loving your torch set up! :D
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andromeda Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you Jelisaveta, I like it even better now that I am set up in my inside studio :) This photo was when I had my set up in our garage.
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JKL-Designs Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Any time, Jodi :) Aww I can imagine! I'm currently trying to set up a proper work place for metalwork, so seeing stuff like that always puts a smile on my face. Man, I'd love to learn to work with glass someday too. :D
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andromeda Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are lucky, starting metal work at such a young age. I was also into metal work when I was 17 and 18, it was that time being on a torch that eventually led me into doing glass work on the torch..so you are headed in the right direction :)
My favorite pieces I have ever made are the marriage of the two, glass and metal :)
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SerenityWireDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the fav!
I'm glad you liked my pendant:)
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FrostFeather42 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your jewelry and such is fantastic! Very beautiful work you have!
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andromeda Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much Frost Feather :)
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Cocooue Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Photographer
Thanks for the fave on my DD :hug:
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DreamerMirano Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Thanks for the +fav 
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