Hi, I am Michal Silberberg- a glass bead-maker, designer and teacher.
I was raised in a crafty home with a multi-talented mother and grandmother, who were always busy crafting. No wonder I had to get the "craze for crafting” at some point in my life.
In 2002, after I had attended my first glass fusing-class, I got totally hooked and started looking for more ways to master glass shaping in and out of Israel. In 2006, after a few years of practicing bead making (lampwork) and glass fusing, I made a life changing decision and left my boring day job to become a full time glass bead maker.
I make all my glass lampwork beads in my home studio. My working table is always cluttered with loads of glass rods waiting to be mixed into exciting new shades and hues. With my great passion for colors, I love and enjoy mixing new color pallets and always on the challenging task of searching for the “perfect purple”- my favorite color.
My signature beads are inspired by 60s and 70s design and are decorated with lots of stringers (thin glass “noodles”) and intricate details. I enjoy creating whimsy, retro feel beads that can be used by jewelry designers to make a variety of wearable art pieces.
Exhibitions also became part of my work. My art pieces and jewelry have been displayed in numerous shows around the world, such as the Lakeville Art Festival - Minnesota USA, ZEUGHAUSMESSE FÜR ANGEWANDTE KUNST Berlin, Germany, and in the Israeli Glass exhibition - Eretz Israel Museum-Tel Aviv, Israel.
I live with my musician husband, Adi and our teenagers, Tom and Roy, accompanied with two fat lazy kitties in a colorful family apartment in Kfar-Saba, Israel.
*Apart of being a full time glass artist, I enjoy playing the clarinet in a wind band and playing with color in any “crafty” way possible: redecorating my home and furniture, crocheting, knitting, sewing, yarn spinning and basket weaving.