Janice decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, the first book in the cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell. In the years since she first wrote High Strung, Janice has gone on to
write three more novels and one short story in the
Glass Bead Mystery Series.
Janice Peacock has been making glass beads and creating one-of-kind jewelry since 1992. Much of her recent work has focused on the creation of items which look ancient—African masks used in traditional ceremonies and tiny vessels unearthed from the sea. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. She has recently started creating large glass sculptures using a sand casting technique.
Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three cats, and an undisclosed number of chickens. In addition to non-stop beading, she likes reading, knitting, quilting, and gardening. She has a studio full of beads...lots and lots of beads.
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Janice was selected to be an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA in 2011. Watch this mini-documentary about her residency.
In this video, Janice describes her passion for glass and why masks are meaningful to her, followed by an up-close look at the process of glass sand casting.