“Color is my day long obsession, joy, and torment.” -Monet
These words sum up my life as well. My eyes are always open as I drink up the colors of the world around me. From oceans of blue, to the deepest red of a pomegranate seed, to the green of the brightest blade of grass, I love the colors of the world.
As a beadmaker, I love to introduce the vibrancy of colors into the jewelry I create; to bring the unexpected twist to wearable art. It’s my experience that many people are accustomed to wearing diamonds and pearls but not to wearing vibrant baubles of glass. That’s where I come in!
A woman plays with fire. . . something exquisite is born. The woman is Carter Seibels and the "something" is exquisite handmade glass jewelry, each piece individually crafted in fire, worked in the flame and fashioned into wearable art.
Carter learned about glass making while a student at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. She developed her art into Divali Glass Jewelry while in college.
Carter has received numerous awards and honors, including a juried position in Trajectories, an exhibit sponsored by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and the Bead Museum (August 2006), as well as a bead gracing the cover of the book Bead Review 2005 (shown top right).
A set of Carter's Aztec Insirations beads (shown above) were juried into Bead & Button's Bead Dreams 2006 competition. Displayed at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, Carter’s beads were featured in Bead & Button magazine following the competition.
Larger Divali pieces carry a numbered silver logo tag, signifying that the piece is truly hand made. Carter also accepts commissioned designs based on individual color and style preferences. Brides and debs order Divali pieces for weddings, parties and bridesmaids gifts. Many patrons collect Divali pieces as new creations are introduced. Please contact Divali for your personal design needs.
Divali takes its name from the Hindu festival of lights that occurs in October when the business was founded. The word Divali actually means "rows of lighted lamps". During the festival, the goddess of fortune blesses each house with good fortune for the coming year and, "ladies are decorated with the best of ornaments". Carter's Divali jewels sparkle like the rows of lighted lamps. When you wear Divali, you are definitely decorated with the best of ornaments.