Color makes me happy. Maybe because I have lived under the gray skies of the Pacific Northwest my entire life, I can’t help but to embrace it. As a child, I discovered the joy of working with glass by helping my grandmother create stained glass windows. Those lessons in creativity piqued my interest in the medium and my lifelong fascination with the interplay of glass, light and color began.
Years ago I decided to follow my heart and take the leap from the corporate world into doing what I love most – spending time with my two daughters and pursuing this passion for glass art. Largely self-taught, I have been working in glass for the past 10 years and have studied contemporary art with local and international professionals. Much of my work is inspired by the beauty in nature and travels throughout Italy.
Currently I am enjoying the exploration of color and kiln forming with Murano millefiori. Italian for “1,000 flowers”, millefiori is an ancient technique where glass canes are fused together then sliced to reveal beautiful flowerlike patterns. These tiny slices of glass are hand cut, intricately arranged, fused multiple times, cold worked then wire wrapped in our Portland, Oregon studio. This intensive process has proven to be challenging but also very rewarding, as it results in unique and distinctive art glass jewelry. My hope is to bring a touch of color and cheer to your day with each glass creation.
Inspired by Nature
Our jewelry collection combines time honored Murano craftsmanship with contemporary design and joyful beauty. Each creation is thoughtfully made with crushed Venetian glass and genuine millefiori in our Portland, Oregon studio. Millefiori, (Italian for 1,000 flowers) is an ancient glass making technique characterized by a flowerlike pattern. It is produced by first heating a bundle of thin glass rods of different colors until the rods fuse together. The bundle is pulled thin, cooled, and cut crosswise to produce small slices with flowerlike designs.
These millefiori slices are typically applied to hot blown glassware such as a vase or bowl, which is then reheated and blown a second time. Unlike traditional blown glass, we individually set the millefiori by hand, fuse multiple times in a 1500 degree kiln, cold work the edges, then wrap with precious metals and love.
"I love love love my new necklace and can't wait to buy one for my sister!" -Janis
"We received the order and everything looks wonderful. Customers are responding to this line very positively. Thank you!" -Lotte
We take great pride in our work and strive to add a touch of joy and beauty to your day. Compliments are guaranteed!
A portion of proceeds benefit "Blessings in a Backpack" a non-profit organization that helps provide food on the weekends to elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.