Born and raised in England, Nicola Meeks moved to the United States in 1989 where she settled in the Black Hills of South Dakota to raise her family.
Following a career in advertising and marketing, with a particular flair for graphic design, it was only natural for Meeks to be drawn to the limitless possibilities of designing one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
Her work specializes in personalized metalwork/stamping, hand cut and stitched leather accessories, and lamp work glass beads. The glass beads are created at the flame and then kiln anneal. The process of kiln annealing is vital to the life of lamp work glass bead. Nicole’s digitally controlled kiln, has a starting temperature of 960 degrees, which gradually ramps down to zero degrees over the course of many hours. This removes all stress points from the glass, allowing years of enjoyment.
“There is nothing like the fascination of mixing colors, making textures and taking glass to a molten state and turning it into piece of wearable art,” remarks Meeks. Custom orders are accepted.