Jane Samulka comes to beading after a life spent with other crafts. As the owner of Squires Point Studio in Lebanon Township, she spent years exploring and teaching the art of traditional and contemporary wax-resist egg dying (pysanky). She taught groups of adults and children, gave lectures and demonstrations, wrote articles and coordinated craft shows and ethnic exhibitions. Her other areas of interest were fashion sewing, doll making and teddy bear design.
After viewing a remarkable exhibit of jewelry by the Delaware Valley Bead Society, she began stringing beads herself, gradually gaining the confidence to work with semiprecious stones and Czech fire-polished glass beads.
Her current challenge is developing loom-woven bracelet patterns inspired by her pysanky designs. The most fascinating part of the beading process for her is laying out a variety of beads and seeing how they relate to one another. Sometimes she sees something she never noticed before, and a new design is born.