Denise Kanyuh and Melissa Boudreau are the queens of Queen Beads, a Mother/Daughter team of jewelry and bead makers.
All the jewelry is handmade, as are many of the lampwork and clay beads that are used. We have taken several jewelry classes at the Pullen Arts center in Raleigh as
well as at various bead shows in North Carolina and Florida.
For lampwork training we attended the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia two summers, taking both the beginning and advanced lampworking sessions.
Melissa specializes in glass and clay figures (frogs, cows, pigs, bees, ladybugs, hot fudge sundaes, …). She also makes multi-layer aquarium beads. At Christmas and Halloween she has a variety of clay earrings and pendants in holiday themes.
Mom’s lampworking focus is on fish, shells, and beach themed landscape beads, as well as beads traditionally shaped beads in a variety of colors. She also has necklaces and bracelets stitched in intricate bead designs.
You can also find Queen Beads jewelry at our Market Manager, Michele Blackley‘s shop, Salem Gardens, 1522 Salem Church Road at the border of Cary and Apex, just past the junction of Old Apex Road and Salem Church Road.