Susan's back story
In 1989 I resided in Hawaii where I owned a art supply store . I had the opportunity to study art with amazing artists in paradise . 1991 I moved to Yachats Oregon a small artsy town on the Oregon Coast. I built a ocean front B&B /gallery . 1n 1995 a client introduced me to glass work and it was love at first try.
After 5 years running the B&B by myself, I downsized and spent more time working hot glass. My friend Valeria suggested I open my own gallery bead shop as I was amassing quite a collection of handmade glass beads. So Heartsong Gallery became a reality in April of 2000, I rented a 600 sq foot space in Seal Rock, and began my new adventure. In the beginning I created my glass beads in store, made jewelry and carried a selection of artworks from local artists and national companies. 5 months later I purchased a funky old falling down 1900 sq ft building , after years of fixing the building and focusing on developing my lampworking skills the store became Heartsong beads a full service bead shop . Through the years it has had its ups and downs after struggling through the economic down turn, less people came in the shop and sales were low. My first love is creating glass beads and designing jewelry , I have been working hard to build the business back up, it has not been easy , customer traffic is much lower , so I have decided to slowly move the shop to a online business, this will allow the artist in me to thrive and be more creative.
I am blessed to be doing 'what makes my heart sing' . A big thank you to all my loyal customers who have supported me all these years . I will continue to make the best beads I can .
I have surprised myself by sticking with this one art form for so long. I do not take the credit for all the techniques, along my journey I met many wonderful artists who shared their knowledge, I want to give them all credit for my path of discovery ....
Education 1996 Brian Kerklivet ...I learned how to make murrini and floral designs 1999 . My friend Sean Tucker Creative Boro sculpture 2000;
Larry Brickman Dot mania and he nagged me about bead ends . 2001 Robert Mickleson Boro blowing & sculptural concepts
2007 Andrea Guarino-Slemmons. What can I say the queen of creativity & pmc..
Books by and DVD's Gail Grosman, Corina Tettinger Brent Graber Awesome pdf tutorials Jennifer Geldard Sherry Bellamy Anouk Jasperse
Mike Crowley & Pam Pitts,The glass hive for great annealers . All my glass friends through the years have generously shared tips and tricks...I love you all...
Heartsong is located in a 1940‘s funky logging truck garage building on Pacific Coast Hwy in Seal Rock Oregon . We opened our doors in April 2000 and offer a full selection of beads, beading supplies, tools, and unique, handcrafted jewelry. Plus a huge selection of handmade lampwork glass beads by owner/ Artist Susan P Hanson. Our selection of merchandise changes and increases constantly. Heartsong is known for its friendly helpful service and provides a warm,creative atmosphere for its customers.
Heartsong is the destination stop for bead lovers on the Oregon Coast .