Pumpkin Glass is located in the North Art Studios - Studio 8. The North Art Studios Building is at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria, located on the back side of St. Paul's Episcopal Church (2.5miles from our former location).
For those that want detailed directions:
St. Paul's is on the corner of War Memorial and Sheridan but there is no entry directly from either Street. Turn south onto Sheridan from War, then left (east) onto Florence. In one block, turn left(north) on Evergreen. After a couple houses you will be in our parking lot. We have a banner up to direct you to North Art Studios in the back. Follow the sidewalk around the back to the entrance. We are located on the main level (which is up a few stairs).
We are thrilled to be in a building full of other artists with an array of different talents! In our new studio space, we will be focused as always on classes along with the addition of tutorials for download. We are still the same, old Pumpkin Glass, carrying lots of beads, findings, metals and tools but with a focus on supplies for classes and kits, plus more jewelry and kits online going forward.
At Pumpkin Glass you will find one of a kind artisan made jewelry featuring everything from handmade glass beads, freshwater pearls and gemstones to sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. If you are looking for a special piece of jewelry, Pumpkin Glass makes custom jewelry to match your special outfit. Brides love us for designing just the right pieces for the whole bridal party.
Interested in adding to your jewelry making skill set or looking for a new rewarding hobby? Pumpkin Glass has a full range of jewelry making classes in everything from stringing beads to wirework, chainmaille, bead work, metal smithing and fusing. Upcoming classes with all the details by month can be viewed by clicking on the links at the top of the page or by stopping in the store. Looking for a fun group activity? Private group classes can be scheduled at Pumpkin Glass for a girls night out, retirement party, family get together, or birthday party. Stop in and check out the different project options or click on the Private Parties/Group Classes link at the top of the page!
Pumpkin Glass has the full range of jewelry making supplies including beads and pendants from around the world, clasps, wire, natural stones, pearls, crystals, and an array tools.
Pumpkin Glass opened in Morton on July 1, 2003 and is owned by Teresa & Bruce Kodatt. The couple has worked together full time in the shop since 2008. They have been married for thirty-one years. Bruce has an MBA and is happy running the business side of the shop so Teresa can be free to focus on the artistic side. Their business has evolved from a small beginning focused on teaching glass beadmaking and selling handmade beads to a full service bead and Artisan Jewelry store. Pumpkin Glass Gallery and Studio displays and sells art jewelry, handmade beads, jewelry making supplies, and teaches classes.
Owner Teresa Kodatt has been a professional artist for 30 years. She graduated with a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Fiber from Northern Illinois University and initially worked designing and weaving tapestries and one of a kind woven clothing. As a creative outlet, she began making jewelry in 1996 and immediately became enchanted with the process of torchworking glass into beads (lampworking). After several years of developing her skills as a lampworker and jewelry maker, she began exhibiting and selling her work in galleries and shops.
Over the past 20 years she has been fortunate enough to study under accomplished master artists in lampworking, glass casting, glass fusing, wire work, metal work, and beading. Her love for creation, materials and techniques has led to a fulltime labor of love creating jewelry and teaching others. Teresa's work has even been featured in several magazines including Bead and Button and BeadStyle. She was also published in the book Bead Review 2005.