Klew Art, Beads & Jewelry
The official website of polymer clay artist, Karen Lewis and online store for Klew Expressions and The Spirited Bead.
Polymer Clay Artist
Beginning with a technique referred to as “caning” which was borrowed from the Venetian Glass bead makers. A cane is a bundle of colors puzzled together creating a picture when viewed from its cross section.
Klew created this style of veneer bead making utilizing a select family of slices off as many as a dozen canes then applies as a veneer over a core while assembling the surface collage for each unique Art bead.
Each piece is handcrafted by Klew.
Klew lives with her husband, Carl and a menagerie of feline and canine fur kids in Tehachapi, CA. They run their business together The Spirited Bead & Klew’s Gallery, where Klew is more than happy to give a tour of her studio on the premises called; “Raising Cane” and perhaps a quick demo when time allows.
- Featured Artist on the Smithsonian Arttrain
- Segment on The Learning Channels Simply Style
- Bead Museums permenant collection has 3 Klew Drum Beads
- Covers on four trade Magazines
- My Favorite Things (Design Originals)
- International Show: Bubikon, Switzerland
- Multiple Titles in DVD tutorials
Build a Klew Piece
Are you searching for a unique piece to adorn yourself with and aren’t really in to making jewelry?
That’s fine because I am and am delighted to create a piece just for you. Turn around time is quick so go ahead start shopping the bead selections and you are on your way to getting that bracelet, earring, pendant or even keychain created just for you!
Begin by Selecting your Klew bead
- Select the style of Jewelry you’d like me to create.(choose the style ie: earring , bracelet, keychain or pendant)
- Select your metal tone.
- Select your size if it’s a bracelet.
- If you want Earrings obviously you need two accent beads in your cart.
- Klew does the rest by bringing out the best qualities of the bead with the perfect colors as accents.
- The additional cost will be added to your total in the cart at checkout.
“I guarantee my work and know you will be happy with your piece. If for some reason you are not; I am happy to make adjustments to your satisfaction . I am proud to say that I have never had to re-work a jewelry piece for a customer. I think it’s because my goal is to exceed my customer’s expectations.
Karen Lewis, aka: Klew
*Klews Polymer workshops run from April thru September. Please call store for availability and registration.
Private or small classes available are earring design, bracelet and necklace design, wire working, needleweaving…. to schedule as well so please do not hesitate to call!
*Glass Craft & Bead Expo @ SouthPoint Hotel & Casino, Henderson, NV. April 1-5, 2020 (klew classes available here)
Find Klew in the bead market.
*Sacramento Arts Festival : Oct 25, 26, 27th, 2019
Being held at Cal Expo Sacramento ~ (for duration of Convention Center construction)
* Pasadena Arts & Crafts Show: November 8,9 & 10th, 2019
@ the Pasadena Hilton on Los Robles ,CA
(I’m just inside the parking lot entrance)
* Marin Arts & Crafts Show : Nov. 15, 16 & 17, 2019
Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, CA
* Tucson Colors: Feb 1-8, 2020
(previously known as “Tucson Bead Show” & “To Bead True Blue”)
I’ll be here all 8 days at the Casino Del Sol Conference Center with plenty of parking, retail & wholesale shopping!
5655 W Valencia Road, Tucson
FROM OUR BLOG...
Our store The Spirited Bead & Klew's Gallery opened in 1999 only 10 years after I established my clay company Klew Expressions. The name slightly changed to what we know it to be now and are pleased that we made it to 20 years in our quaint lil town! Thanks to all...read more
I am nearly ready to head out to the show at the South Point Hotel in Vegas, well Henderson rather....but hey who's paying attention to another 15 minutes down the road? LOL April 4th, 6pm-8:30pm is Peacock Pods (TH-E-69) & Saturday April 6th 2-6pm (SA-31) is the...read more
435 West J Street
exit 149 off SR 58
Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5, Sunday 12-3
(4:30 after Dec 25th thru Daylight savings time)
Holidays observed, New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Days between Christmas & New Years as well as the eves before those two holidays we will close @ 3pm each day.
Give a call when you know you are going to be in the area if you would like to schedule a class, other attendees can be notified as there are always interested parties wanting to meet new makers like yourself!