Charlottesville, VA, United States
I create original jewelry designs with kiln fired dichroic glass cabochons. This is a beautiful way to wear a bit of art!
Dichroic, glass, jewelry, pendants, necklaces, earrings, stained glass, windows, lamps, sculptures, Arts and Crafts Style, furniture, quilt squares.
Skills and Techniques
I use glass cutting, grinding and drilling as well as designing with color and texture to create these pieces. They are kiln fired to specific temperatures and carefully annealed for structural integrity. The cooled cabochons are made into beautiful jewelry by attaching various bails and findings as well as employing wire wrapping techniques.
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Get to Know
My formal training in the visual arts includes a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Art History from the University of Maryland. I have also earned MA and Ed.S. degrees as part of an educational career.
My first professional art studio was opened in Lewisburg, West Virginia in 1979. There, I taught drawing and painting and began my first forays into stained glass work. Now I have a small work space in Charlottesville, Virginia and am enjoying a large, newly built studio (pictured) in Alderson, West Virginia.
Inspiration for my original designs has come from my own multi-cultural background, as well as many years of living in the Appalachian mountains. Additional inspiration comes from nature, a walk on a beautiful day and the images that interrupt sleep.
My new designs have evolved in directions that are quite exciting. Recently, I have been experimenting with hot glass and creating wearable art. Those beautiful bits of glass are what I am featuring for sale on this site. My stained glass work can be seen on my website: www.darkhollowglass.com.