Adjusting to the market is vital for any business, large or small, so when Allora artisan Leah Kelly lost her joy in her business, “Beads of Ambrosia” in Warwick, she knew it was time for a change.

She’d run the shop for five years and the litany of paperwork, leases, and rental agreements had turned a creative outlet into a millstone around her neck. “Once we closed the shop, I could make my own things,” Leah said. “Closing the shop freed up a lot of time to be creative just for me,” Leah said. “It made a huge difference. I seemed to get my enjoyment back. I got time to learn and teach myself new things.”

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She began selling her work through weekend handmade markets instead of through her shop, and suddenly had time to pursue what she loves best: creating.

Leah honed old skills and learned new techniques, resulting in even more detailed and intricate work. Although she’s been a jewellry designer and instructor since 2003, soon she was churning out far more than jewellry. Her little kiln burned steadily, melting glass into beautiful plates and bowls. She also branched out as a designer, creating gorgeous handmade glass beads for other jewelry designers. As her repertoire grew and her enthusiasm returned, Leah revamped her business and is thrilled with the changes. She started with a name change. “Beads of Ambrosia” is now “Leah’s Creative Glass Designs.” No longer limited to jewelry, Leah can let her imagination run wild in creating custom glass pieces for clients. “I’m just trying to expand and do different things with the skills that I have,” she said.

In addition to her market booth, Leah hosts jewelry parties that are akin to Tupperware parties. They allow customers to look at pieces in the comfort of their home, with the added benefit of receiving their purchases on the same day rather than waiting for delivery. In the near future, she hopes to launch her own online shop.

For more information, visit Leah at

Krista Bjorn