Evelyn Henschke was born in Germany in 1971. A trained Gestalt Psychotherapist, she applied to the Academy for Glass and Jewellery in Kaufbeuren, Germany in 2002 where she enjoyed three fantastic years inspired by her internationally renowned teachers and mentors.
She has won numerous awards and exhibited across WA and beyond, represented by galleries and specialty craft retailers across the state.
Working with glass, engaged with its diversity and pushing the boundaries of glass bead making opens endless options.
“I constantly absorb colour, shape and texture, whatever I do and wherever I go. These impressions somehow work their way into my art.” – Evelyn Henschke
Much of the glass she uses to make her beads is still made according to centuries old formulae. There is glass resembling amber, others look like garnet, ruby, emerald and some have a mother of pearl sheen. No matter how beautiful the colours are, more and more formulas disappear. They were handed down from one generation of glass maker to the next. Unfortunately, many of the traditional methods of glass production are giving way to sub-standard, mass produced glass with cheaper production costs – quality and tradition are disappearing.
Evelyn maintains contact with some traditional glass workers in Germany. They supply her with the precious glass only a few people have access to. It saddens her to know that once their cellars are empty these treasures will be gone for ever.
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