Alvina and Mike Ralls handcraft all of the ceramic beads and pendants that are used to design their jewelry. Combinations of earthenware, porcelain, Egyptian paste and dichroic glass create unique designs. They are kiln fired at their residence. Alvina started jewelry design as a hobby when she enrolled in a continuing education class at the local university. She expanded her techniques after learning glass fusion in Florida. Upon retiring from government service, she created Artistic Realities. Husband Mike became involved after he broke his leg. While recuperating, Alvina delegated the bead making process to him. Now the majority of the beads are crafted by "Bead Man" Mike.
In February 2008, Artistic Realities combined with local Choctaw Native American artist Jane Semple Umsted to open Indian Territory Art Gallery. The gallery contains work from four local artists featuring ceramic jewelry, pottery, metal sculptures, oil, acrylic, and batik paintings. With work stations inside the gallery, visitors can witness the final steps in the artistic process. Please look at our website at The Country Framer and go to the jewelry tab for recent designs.