Blurry, but the only image available.
Whomever made this, the amount of time and effort that went into this bead is worth atleast what you have paid for this.
It does have certain characteristics that make it look like Brian's, but there are more artists working in that style.
For the signature: I think he worked with both a version with initials, as well as one with a more symbolic signature. The symbolic one can be seen in this BCN thread (scrol down to see his beads).
That is a nice discussion. Too bad the photo is missing of what Danny Lopaki did to the bead. I'm not sure which symbol is Kerkvliet's signature.
I used to see a Kerkvliet bead on the neck of a friend who knew him. He was a friend of the community where Brian lives. It had 3 faces on it.
I need to learn more about the topic. I wasn't sure I would ever find a face cane bead to buy. I think the lady is lovely, so glad to find it.
Here is another side of the bead.
I wrote Brian on Facebook. It might have been made by a student of his.
His reply: Hi it looks like it might be an early “Patty Walton bead. One of my past students also a student of Lauren stump.
I think it is spelled Pati Walton
Pati Walton has a whole series on ladies with necklaces. They are on the cover of one of her books. And the signature could easily read Pati.
If you need certain confirmation, I could post a picture in the FB group of glass beadmakers of which she is also a member.
Thank you Floor. We are in contact. She is having internet difficulties and can't view the photo until tomorrow. I have no doubt now this is a Pati Walton bead. Thank you for helping.
Thank you for the clue, Floor. Our lady is in the center of the bead on the cover. Wow! So great to find it. I knew I had seen her somewhere.