Glass and Wire Gems
I create unique jewelry pieces using a combination of porcelain cabochons, druzy stones, gemstones, fused glass cabochons and wire wrapping and weaving.
About Our Art
I have worked with stained glass for over 20 years and became intrigued with fused glass and wire wrapping about ten years ago when my stained glass instructor introduced me to both processes. Over time I have taught myself to manipulate the wire to create unique pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings. I love incorporating unusual stones (i.e. druzies) and cabochons (i.e. hand-painted porcelain) into pendants and other items. The process of wire wrapping fascinates me. I love working with materials that fluctuate and never have quite the same result. My main objective when creating my jewelry pieces is to combine different elements into one-of-a-kind wearable art.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from DeLourdes College (now a part of Loyola in Chicago) and a Legal Assistant Degree from Mallinckrodt College. I am retired and volunteer at the bookstore for The Crossing in Chesterfield and at the Lillian Yahn Gallery (St. Charles County Arts Council).
A friend showed me how to wrap my first cabochon and over the years I have learned different skills via Internet courses and tutorials. I continue to learn new skills and have recently taken a class on Kumihimo beading instructed by BOMH juried artist, Rosanne Sartori. I love the way the Kumihimo cords look with my wrapped porcelain pendants.
My jewelry was in two shows at the St. Charles County Arts Council in 2014 and the BOMH juried show in July 2015. The show was entitled “With These Missouri Hands.”
I have been certified as a Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design by the international SRAJD and have been a member of that organization for over six years. In addition to being a member of BOMH, I am a member of the Greater St. Louis Arts Association and the St. Charles County Arts Council.
About Our Business
My jewelry has been sold at several local venues including Designers Boutique and Look! Shops (no longer in business) in O’Fallon. My pieces are currently at Missouri Artists on Main in Historic St. Charles and in the boutique of the Lillian Yahn Gallery of the St. Charles County Arts Council.
I have a shop on Etsy listed as Glass and Wire Gems. I have cleaned out the shop and am beginning to list new items. Glass and Wire Gems is also a start-up on Facebook.
I have to say that my love is for the bricks and mortar type of business. I feel that the art involved in creating hand-crafted jewelry is a hands-on visual experience. Photographs are good but never quite capture the feel of the real piece. People who have purchased my jewelry on line have said that it was much more beautiful than the pictures actually revealed