Beautiful Beads

"I began my glass addiction in the late 70's, beginning with work with my husband in commission architectural stained glass and autonomous panels.  We worked with lead, copper foil, fusing, vitrious painting, sand-carving, and extensive restoration.  Our fascination with blown glass lead to the opening of Symmetry Gallery in 1990, focusing on hand blown American Studio glass.

“During Symmetry Gallery’s first Beautiful Bead exhibit in 1998, I tried my hand at beadmaking, and found a new calling.  Since the gallery opened, my time was spent tending to the day-to-day operation of a growing business; creative energy was spent focusing on the gallery's needs.  My introduction into the bead world has helped me get back into the pleasure and satisfaction of making glass objects by hand.   In addition, I've found a community of warm, enthusiastic and nurturing individuals who are eager to share their glass-bead addiction. I'm honored and delighted to belong to the fold.

"Over the past years, I've studied with some of the country's best beadmakers, and have adapted varied techniques into my repertoire.  I find inspiration in color and texture of unusual natural materials.  Frequent fondling of my collection of pearls and semi-precious gem strands often leads to an idea for blending glass colors and stones.   I often use silver and gold foils, along with layering techniques to achieve colors in glass that compliment nature's materials

Since making her first glass bead in 1998, Dianne has studied with internationally recognized bead artists including Kristina Logan, Leah Fairbanks, Alethia Donathan and Stevie Belle.  She is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, the American Craft Council and the Saratoga Arts Council

100% Handmade

Dianne hand makes each glass bead in her bracelet and necklace designs by melting imported and domestic soft glass in the 2000 degree flame of an oxygen/propane torch.  She often adds silver or 23k gold foil to the hot glass, as well as dichroic glass and enamels, to achieve a variety of surface characteristics and color shadings.  Each bead is annealed in a kiln to strengthen the glass.

Hill Tribe Silver, Sterling and 23k Vermeil Findings

Dianne's work is known for attention to detail, and carefully chosen components.  The Thai Silver or Karen Hill Tribe Silver she uses is created by traditional village silversmiths under certified fair trade principles, with  a content of .999 pure silver (higher than sterling .925.)  The sterling findings are also artisan crafted by family workshops in Thailand and Turkey, and acquired from representatives with whom she has a long-standing and trusted relationship.  23k components are plated in the US on either fine silver or copper.

Style & Quality

Dianne composes and assembles each of her jewelry designs, and often finds inspiration from the color and textures of natural materials, incorporating high-quality, hand selected metals, semi-precious stones and pearls.   Some materials have limited availability, thus variations in designs will occur, lending a one-of-a-kind feel to the work.



Art in the palm of your hand engenders a special intimacy.
Unknown with large-scale sculpture, a small, personal world is yours to experience.

“Glass beads are a tactile, as well as a visual, feast; comfort food for the spirit, like rosaries and ‘worry’ beads.

“Manipulating hot glass is, for me, an exciting, joyful process.
I only hope that my work conveys this, as you hold it in the palm of your hand.


State University of New York at Albany, Liberal Studies


1980                   Albin Elskus, two-week vitrious painting intensive, NY, NY

2000                   Glass Beadmaking Workshop with James Smirchich, Oakland, CA

2001                   Hollow Bead Advanced Techniques Workshop with Stevi Belle, Boulder, CO

2002                    Latticino and Cane Intensive with Leah Fairbanks, Alexandria, VA

2003                    Glass, Metals and Enamels Intensive with Alethia Donathan, Portland, OR

2004                    Advanced Techniques Workshop with Kristina Logan, Lowell, MA

2010                    Master Class Workshop with Kristina Logan, Tempe, AZ

I like to think that when people drape a strand of my beads
around their body it empowers their personality somehow,
and encourages them to be more of who they are.
Even though my necklaces are only beads of glass on a string,
there’s something very talismanic about wearing them.
— DUSTIN TABOR, Beadmaker


1979-1995              Co-Owner, G. S. Zack Architectural Glass Studio, Saratoga Springs, NY

1990-2014              Co-Owner, Symmetry Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

2001-present         Instructor, Glass Beadmaking, Saratoga Springs, NY

2000-present         International Society of Glass Beadmakers Member


2006                        Beadazzled, Washington, DC

2000-2006              The Beautiful Bead Invitational, Symmetry Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

2000-2014              Gallery artist, Symmetry Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

2003-2007              Television Art Auction, WMHT Radio, Schenectady, NY

2007                         Metamorphosis: The Life Cycle of a Glass Bead, Heintz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA  and Evoke Gallery, St. Paul, MN