We had the good fortune of connecting with Janovia Glass and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janovia, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I am a mother of 4. I’d have to say the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is to continually teach my children to put their faith first. To lean on Gods word when they have no one else to turn to. And just instilling in them the power of prayer.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Polymer Clay Bead Maker and Jewelry Designer. I’ve been working with clay for about 5 years now. I started with rope designs (which I still create in this medium) but I wanted to make beaded jewelry as well. As I looked for beading supplies nothing really peaked my interest. I thought if I could just make my own beads- I’d be able to create whatever colors I wanted and wouldn’t be limited to what was in the market. So I researched and taught myself how to make polymer beads. Since then I’ve made thousands of handmade beads for my designs. Although the Polymer Clay scene is booming right now; I’m still in that small lane of hand rolled beads. My jewelry will never look like anyone else’s and that is also what I love about what I do! I am so proud that to date my pieces have been featured on a news segment, highlighted in an artist spotlight for Atlanta based gemstone and jewelry supply company Beadlanta, and because of my passion I was among 10 small business owners to receive a Black History Month Grant from retailer Citi Trends.
I think the biggest challenge I come against frequently is putting myself out there. Continually getting away from my comfort zone and showing people outside my 4 walls what I’m passionate about. I just keep pushing and praying. And I’ve learned that I’m not just going to get “discovered” staying in my box- I have to take a risk!
Creativity is innate for me. But I want it to translate into my jewelry and inspire anyone who wears my pieces to understand the passion behind every bead and also know that they are capable and creative in their own way!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shout out several people! First my grandmothers. Both of them were creatives and seamstresses in their own right. They were business savvy and caregivers. Next my mother. She was a seamstress an artist and also decorated cakes. My dad would bring boxes of computer paper home and my 3 brothers and myself would just draw, color and create endlessly. Lastly my husband. He’s been so supportive of me and my business. He’s encouraged me to keep going when I wanted to quit.