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Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist

Meet The Artist: Sara Beames of Beames Designs!  Sara and Michael Beames started Beames Designs! in 1990. Located in the inspiring Hudson Valley of New York, they produce handmade fused glass Judaica, Home Accessories and Jewelry. Sara is the driving force behind the glass design. With a de...

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Hamsa - What does it mean?

Hamsa -  What does it mean?


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Chanukah or Hannukah?

Chanukah or Hannukah?

Chanukah or Hannukah? A few facts about the Holiday of Lights...Chanukah or Hannukah? There's only one way to spell Hanukkah. Unfortunately, it's in Hebrew. When translated to English, the word becomes trickier to express. There's actually no way to spell the guttural "hecht" sound used in the traditional Hebrew pronunciation; Ch and H are the closest we can get. And then there's the issue with the double k's, seemingly added to give the final syllable a little more oomph. The phrase can be spelled Hanukkah, Chanukah, Chanukkah or Hanukah. Menorah or Hanukkiah? Lighting a special, nine-branched candelabrum is the main...

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New Season, New Year, Fresh Start

New Season, New Year, Fresh Start

The calendar turns, the season changes and the Jewish New Year begins.  And although the trees have barely started turning color, the nights are getting cooler.   It is the perfect time to take a look inwards.  One thing that I have learned is that if you want something to change you actually have to make changes.  It sounds so simple in theory and yet is so much more difficult to put into action.   For me one example is changes that I wanted to make in my business. There were some pieces that I did not enjoy making.  So when an...

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Rituals, Doodahs and Sparkling Inner Lights

Rituals, Doodahs and Sparkling Inner Lights

Sara Beames: Reflections on Rituals, Doodahs and Sparkling Inner Lights When did you first know you were an artist?It was always there. When I was 11 I started taking pottery classes at a local studio. In college, I was an Art History major, mainly because it required an abundance of different studio classes. Then I discovered glass at San Francisco State University – both architectural stained glass and blown. That was it, I was hooked. Favorite medium(s) you use to make art?Initially, I worked in stained glass and thought I would focus on architectural glass, but then I started fusing glass....

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