'Enamel' Beads...

Q: I was reading the new recent 'Bead & Button' issue, and fell in love with 'Barbara Minor's' 'Enamel' Beads. I'm aware that she does participate in a # of bead shows, but I'm unable to get to them. Does anyone have any infomation pertaining to where I could find these wonderful, and most articulate 'enamel' beads?

A: It is frustrating when there is no direct contact to an artist when an article is published, but it really is not 'Bead and Button's' fault. Near the time of publication, the author/artist is asked for a contact address to be published. If the artist does not want their address published, you have to contact 'Bead and Button' and they contact the artist. I can understand someone not wanting their home address published, but I think a 'PO Box' is a small price to pay for potential sales as a result of being featured. Another thought on this - in regards to one bead artist in particular (no names), her work I love, but she uses a distributor to sell her pieces. She probably has some contractual agreement with the distributor. The distributor does not sell to anyone that does not own a bead store, so to find her beads you must find bead stores that carry them or buy a bead store (ha,ha). I am fortunate enough to own a bead store and carry the beads - they are not up on my site yet. I am impressed with the artists integrity - that she honors her contract with her distributor. I will be offering them at retail prices for single orders, etc. - but I will also have a lower price for large purchases over $75.00 for the designer/artist.