Sally Clausen Williams was born in Oklahoma but her family moved north so her father could farm. Her family eventually moved to Oregon where Sally graduated from high school, went to business college and started her first job at Oregon State University. Her hobby at that time was horses. Sally's parents introduced her to beading as a child and when her mother became interested in vintage beads and making her own jewelry she got Sally interested in them. Sally says the beads kept "talking to her" and finally she started to collect supplies and learn techniques that didn't require warping a loom. Even if she isn't making anything, she is always buying and collecting beads. Today she continues to study techniques and patterns and hopes for inspirational ideads she can execute to satisfy her desire to create and to give pleasure to others as well. She says after she started beading the beads "never shut up".