INFO - ABOUT
Donna Felkner has been doing arts & crafts since high school so her knowledge comes from a lifetime of experience and experiments.
The early years were spent in a variety of fiber arts and tooling leather. In 1984, she took a stained glass class and was soon making windows, doors and sidelights, lampshades and other 3D forms, but it was her Kaleidoscopes that gave her the greatest lessons in color, form, symmetry, order and chaos. She learned how to balance them all and how these elements interacted with each other.
It was when she decided to make her 'scopes' completely from scratch, instead of using broken glass and hobby store beads in the object chambers, that launched her into lampwork. A lampwork class at Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass in Dallas, taught her to make her bobbles. She realized it was more fun to just make the beads, and in 2001 her lampwork and jewelry careers was born.
Wanting to expand on her choices of 'cavity' graphite marvers for shaping the got glass, she contacted a local toolmaker friend and asked him to make her some oval, barrel and tube shapes. After using the tools for several years, Donna decided to share her concepts with the lampwork industry. In February of 2009, she took her ideas into production. The line of CGBeadroller tools in curently in all 50 states as well as over 40 countries.
CGBeadrollers are the ultimate in graphite cavity marvers, and are manufactured in Texas. Based on concepts and designs by Donna Felkner, aka CGBeads, the line is continually expanding.