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Mary Ila Duntemann

I create handcrafted glass beads.

My inspiration comes from the colors, textures and patterns of the natural and human-made landscape. I love capturing these influences in the mesmerizing honey consistency of molten glass. Each unique piece is worked by hand using traditional methods.

I am fascinated by the cross-cultural relevance of beads. Woven throughout world history, beads have been used for talismans, ornamentation, status symbols, religious articles and for barter. I see beads as meditative objects both in the creation and the function of the piece.

I am primarily self-taught and have also studied with Kristina Logan at the Corning Museum of Glass and Aja Vaz at the Third Degree Glass Factory. I exhibit at regional art shows and national bead shows. In 2022, I received a Best in Show Award from the St Louis Park Art Fair and a Merit Award from the St Anthony Park Art Festival. I teach at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in South Minneapolis.

Website: Instagram: @mary_ila_duntemann