Jeanne Cosey has been making lamp work beads for ten years. Using rods of glass and a torch. At this point the fun begins…. matching and pairing beads to become jewelry.
Many, or possibly most, artists began their journey when they were young or at least enjoyed a fondness for some form of art. Jeanne’s artistic journey began at age 50. Watching her Grandmother and Mother struggle with dementia, she began looking for something to challenge her mind…perhaps learn a new language, learn to play an instrument or maybe pick up a new hobby. She came across an intriguing ad in the classified section of a local newspaper. A local glass bead company was looking for people to “make glass beads from home”. She responded to the ad and was excited when they called her for an interview. She was even more excited when they offered her the opportunity to make lamp work beads for their company. It was a daunting task to undertake but after eight weeks of training she was qualified to “make beads at home” for them. A decade later she is still making beads, creating her own designs for her own company, J Cosey Glass. She remains grateful for the patience and encouragement she received from the owners of the company who took a chance on her. She often says she is a great example that you can “teach an old dog new tricks”.
Jeanne is a native of Woodstock, Georgia, where she still lives today with her husband Mike who often refers to her as “my little artist”. She is a mother and grandmother. Her sons, Ben, married to Amber, and James, married to Danielle, have been a great encouragement and support along the way.