El Solway

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After a long hiatus from making art, I became fixated on working with glass.

I enjoyed making traditional mosaics such as tabletops and stepping stones,

but these didn’t satisfy me. I wanted to do something different with glass and

began to think about the large collection of vintage cut glass stones that

I had amassed over the years to use as repairs for the old costume jewelry I

sell. These generally were found at the bottom of bags of jewelry

collections that I would buy. Many were odd and unusual shapes of varying

widths, sizes, and colors. I used many of these choice pieces to make my

first creation of an underwater scene. I began to play with different types

of paint and glitter, and other various mediums.

 

The glass I found so easily all those years ago is not easy to find today. I

researched and found suppliers on the East Coast where many costume jewelry

manufacturers were originally located. My sources comb warehouses in search

of unusual glass stones. Most of the glass originates from Japan,

Czechoslovakia, Germany, and the United States, dating from the 1930’s to

1950’s. I also use some contemporary glass.

 

The pieces are on a painted wood panel with vintage glass stones.

Recommended for lighted indoor or covered outdoor display.

 

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