Cat and Laura with the talented artists of Prosperity Studio which overlooks downtown Cleveland have some beautiful pieces for sale at the Short and Sweet Studio.
They hand cut pieces of stained glass and tack fuse them at over 1300 degrees F in a special glass kiln.
The Jewel-like colors change with variable light conditions. and what is behind the glass. They think the necklaces show up best on light colors, and the earrings with short or tied back hair. French hooks are silver, posts are surgical steel.
Stained glass has origins dating back as far as ancient Egypt in the second century B.C. The kind of glass we think of now as stained glass was used in European cathedrals in the 11th century.
Dlchorlc glass where you see three colors on the same spot almost at the same time, adds the high tech of the space industry to the age-old craft. Micro-thin layers of metals are applied to glass using a vacuum chamber. The types of metals and the order in which they are deposited determine the colors. It selectively reflects away certain wave-lengths to transmit through. This is the same way, nature creates the colors seen in bird feathers, dragonfly winds, fish scales and opals. You see the color transmitted, the color reflected, and the color you see as the piece shifts angles against the light.
Cat Zurchin will be conducting a class “NEW Fused Art Glass: Jewelry and More” at Art House this spring. Stop by the Sweet and Short Holiday Shop this weekend and sign up for this creative class that will teach you how to create this beautiful jewelry or simply buy one of the sparkling pieces for sale. Cat will be on hand to personally answer your questions and discuss her beautiful jewelry.