Kim Fields, Artist

North Fire Designs

 

Biography

Portrait of Kim Kim Fields graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising. She went on to build a career in television production, winning three Emmy Awards while at Chicago’s superstation – WGN-TV. Throughout her career, Kim continued to explore numerous outlets for expressing her passion for the arts.

On a whim, in 1999, Kim took a beginner’s lampworking class. Just a year later she found that working with glass was so fulfilling, she decided to leave her 20- year corporate career behind and devote herself completely to the art of glass beadmaking and jewelry design. Kim has taught at many of the most prestigious glass studios throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and Japan. Her recent work can be seen at shows, galleries, and in numerous publications.

artist statement

Kim workingNature has always informed and inspired my creativity, and it is the primary influence for my beads. Through the colors and textures of each bead design, I strive to capture a small reflection of nature's beauty. As a birdwatcher, birds are a natural inspiration and using a sculptural approach, I strive to capture the bird in greater detail. Lampworking is a growth process for me and I will continue to explore new ways to express myself through glass.

education

Kim working2009: Robert Mickelsen - Advanced Flameworking Techniques/ Borosilicate Glass - Atlanta, GA

2006: Loren Stump - Advanced Flameworking Techniques III/ Soft Glass - Orlando, FL

2005: Bronwen Heilman - Glass Enamel Techniques/ Soft Glass - Southfield, MI

2004: Michael Barley - Beadmaking Techniques/ Soft Glass - Naperville, IL

2003: Loren Stump - Advanced Flameworking Techniques II/ Soft Glass - Elk Grove, CA

2002: Loren Stump - Advanced Flameworking Techniques I/ Soft Glass - Elk Grove, CA

2002: Leah Fairbanks - Beadmaking Techniques/ Soft Glass - Chicago, IL

2001: Larry Scott - Beadmaking Techniques/ Soft Glass - Chicago, IL

2001: Kristen Frantzen Orr - Beadmaking Techniques/ Soft Glass - Chicago, IL

2001: Tom and Sage Holland - Beadmaking Techniques/ Soft Glass - Fox, AR

2000: Tom and Sage Holland - Beadmaking Techniques/ Soft Glass - Fox, AR

1978: Bachelor of Arts - Advertising - Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

honors and awards

Glass line magazine2012: Back Cover photo, Glass Line magazine, Small but Beauitful - Top 40 International Beads/ Beadmakers , June/July issue. Juried into the top five.

 

 

 

The Flow magazine cover2011: Cover photo, The Flow magazine, Annual Women in Glass, Winter issue.

 

 

 

 

Flame off winner2010: First Place Winner, Flame Off! 2010 Team Invitational, Sonoran Glass Art Academy. Team Silica Sirens was myself, JC Herrell, and Judy Carlson.

2009: Hans Gobo Frabel Novice Award

2008: Commemorative Bead Artist, Bead and Button Show

2007: President’s Award, International Society of Glass Beadmakers. A piece was donated to Corning’s Glass Museum’s permanent collection

2005: Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award, The Flow Magazine

2001: Second place winner in handmade glass beads category Bead Dreams

2001: Juried exhibit, Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee, WI - June 2001

exhibits

2011: It’s All About Beads, invitational exhibit, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, CO

2010: It’s All About Beads, invitational exhibit, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, CO

2010: Flameworking: Some Like It Hot, invitational exhibit, Gallery Janjobe, Louisville, KY

2009: Convergence, Contemporary Jewelry Design with Art Glass Beads, juried traveling exhibition, International Society of Glass Beadmakers

2009: It’s All About Beads, invitational exhibit, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, CO

bead sculpture2008: Out of the Box: Pushing the Boundaries of the Glass Bead, juried traveling exhibition, International Society of Glass Beadmakers, On the back cover of the exhibition catalog

2007: It’s All About Beads, invitational exhibit, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, CO

2007: Trajectories, juried exhibit, The Bead Museum, Glendale, AZ - September 2006 - March 2007

2006: Lampwork Festival, invitational exhibit, Studio Takumi, Nagara, Japan

2006: It’s All About Beads, invitational exhibit, Pismo Fine Art Glass, Denver, CO

2005: Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum, invitational exhibit, Kobe, Japan

Kim working2002 - 2005: The Beautiful Bead, invitational exhibit, Symmetry Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

2005: Bead of a Different Color, juried exhibit, Glassworks, Louisville, KY

2004: Double Rainbow, juried exhibit, Gallery 33, Portland, OR

2003: Landscapes in Glass, juried exhibit, Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, MA

2002: The Melting Pot, juried exhibit, Bedazzled, Washington, D.C.

2002: Bead Dreams, juried exhibit, Bead & Button Magazine, Milwaukee, WI

2001: Bead Dreams, juried exhibit, Bead & Button Magazine, Milwaukee, WI

2001: Fantasies in Glass, juried exhibit, Art Museum, Loveland, CO

2001: Focus on Glass: The Challenge, juried exhibit, Beadwork Magazine, Loveland, CO

2001: Terra Firma, juried exhibit, 4th Street Bead, Loveland, CO

2000: Great Northern Beadwork, juried exhibit, Community Arts Center, Hancock, MI

2000: Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival, juried show, Evanston, IL

publications

BOOKS

2013: Glasss3 – Book of Lampworkers - Miriam Steger-van der Schrieck

2011: Glasss2 – Book of Lampworkers - Miriam Steger-van der Schrieck

2011: Creating Glass Beads - Jeri L. Warhaftig, Lark Books

2008: Bead Review – Book 3 - Brad Pearson

100 Lampworkers book cover2006: 100 Lampworkers - Lampwork Festival in Nagara, Japan

2006: Trajectories - The Bead Museum/ ISGB Exhibit Catalogue

2004: 1000 Glass Beads, Innovation and Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking, Lark Books

2003: Beads of Glass, by Cindy Jenkins, Pyro Press

MAGAZINES

2012: Glass Line, Small But Beautiful - Top 40 International Beads/Beadmakers, June/ July Issue

2012: Lammaga, Oriental Poppy Tutorial, Vol. 19 Issue

2012: Glass Line, Oriental Poppy Tutorial, February/ March Issue

2011: The Flow, Cover photo, Annual Women in Glass, Winter issue

2010: The Flow, Lovebird Bead Tutorial, Spring issue

2009: The Annealer, The ISGB Becomes the Heartbeat of Miami, Issue IV

2008: The Flow, Annual Women in Glass, Winter issue

2007: Bead Unique, Gallery - Issue # 12

2006: The Flow, Annual Women in Glass, Winter issue

Lapidary Journal cover2005: Lapidary Journal, Autumn Leaves Bead Tutorial - Part Two - November issue

2005: Lapidary Journal, Autumn Leaves Bead Tutorial - Part One - October issue

2005: Step by Step Beads, Bumblebee Bead Tutorial - July-August issue

2005: Bead Unique, Lampwork Artist Profile - Spring issue

2003: Bead & Button, Bead Dreams

2002, Premier Issue - June issue

2001: Bead & Button Magazine, Bead Dreams

2001 - October issue

2001: Beadwork, Focus on Glass - August-September issue

NEWSPAPERS

2009: Lapeer View, Metamora Community View - Art in Glass: Kim Fields demonstrations

demonstrations

2009: “Take Flight: Sculptural Bird Beads”, International Society of Glass Beadmakers Annual Conference

2006: “Morning Glories Bead”, International Society of Glass Beadmakers Annual Conference

galleries/collections

PISMO Gallery - Denver, CO

Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum – Kobe, Japan

Selo/ Shevel Gallery – Ann Arbor, MI

professional affiliations

International Society of
Glass Beadmakers (ISGB)
The Glass Art Society (GAS) Self-Representing Artist
International society of Glass Beadmakers logo Glass Art Society logo Self-Representing Artist