Founded in 1996 by glass artist Russ Gilbert, Fusion Art Glass has grown to represent over one hundred and fifty North American artists. Focusing on small, independent studios and quality craftsmanship each piece is individually created with excellence in mind.
California artist Michael Hopko creates gorgeous handblown sculptures that capture the undeniable beauty found in nature. From the impressive realism found in his fresh and salt water fish to the personality and charm of his colorful octopus sculptures, Hopko's work is irresistible. Full of incredible details and seamlessly blended color combinations, his beautiful creatures will liven up any space.
Hopko’s love for glassblowing began after being introduced to the medium at a young age. Fueled by this interest, he completed college courses in art and then went on to work with various glass artisans throughout California. It wasn’t long before he opened his own business in Northern California where he now creates his extraordinary pieces. Read our interview below to learn more about Hopko's process and work.
What initially drew you to the medium of glass?
I have always been drawn to fire
Do you have favorite aspects of the medium?
The challenge of working with something that I cannot touch
As an outdoorsman, do you do any photography or sketching as part of your process?
I do use photography in the field and do some sketching in the shop
How do you achieve such incredible detail in your pieces?
Working with glass really comes down to practice and continuing to try and improve and refine the end result
Handcrafted in Maine by Bob Rioux, Sea Parrot kaleidoscopes are beautifully crafted using a mix of blown, stained, and dichroic glass. Various mirror systems are used in each unique piece, allowing for the images to be ever-changing. Excellent conversation pieces, Sea Parrot kaleidoscopes are perfect for all ages and a fun way to delight the senses. Browse a wide selection of colors and styles to find the perfect kaleidoscope to fit your individual taste.
The Standing Looking Glass Series displays Rioux's unique use of dichroic glass, which displays different colors based on lighting conditions. This can be seen on both the inside and outside of the Iridescent Looking Glass. A barrel containing oil creates fluid viewing of the beads, gems, and dichroic glass pieces, and a fused dichroic glass jewel adds an extra touch to the body of the kaleidoscopes along with Italian glass rods.
The Candy Cane Series also uses an oil-filled barrel and is adorned with a beautiful fused glass gem. Bursting with exciting imagery, the handheld Teal Wispy Candy Cane features beautiful swirls of color on both the inside and the outside.
An exquisite handblown piece, the Reef Oil Cousteau sits at 16 inches tall and incorporates a 3 mirror system. The bright, blue-green color of the body is complimented by an oil-filled cylinder containing dichroic glass, beads, and gems. Distinguished and certainly unique, this piece would be an excellent choice for a business or office setting.
In collections around the world, Sea Parrot’s work is owned by the likes of Queen Noor of Jordan and the first lady of kaleidoscopes, Cozy Baker. Celebrate art every day by adding one of these gorgeous works of art to your own collection.
Fall is officially here, and we have a gorgeous selection of jewelry from the Elizabeth Ngo collection that is perfect for the season. Featuring antique buttons from the Victorian and Edwardian eras in Europe (1880-1930), each piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure that easily transitions from day to night. Breathe new life into art from the past by adding a piece of Ngo's collection to your fall wardrobe.
Set in sterling silver with the original button hooks left visible on the back, Ngo’s work captures a piece of history and gives it new life through modern designs. Buttons from the time period were handmade with steam-powered tools from materials such as glass, shells, enamel, rhinestones, velvet, brass, and carved pearl.
"Preserving these buttons into unique pieces of jewelry is my way of putting the buttons back on the women."
Hand-carved details along the the bands of the rings compliment the unique designs of each button.
Unique and eye-catching, Ngo's collection celebrates both art and craftsmanship.
Functional glassware by artist Tom Stoenner is perfect for both everyday use as well as entertaining. As a glassblower for over three decades, Stoenner's work has an undeniable sophistication and has been shown throughout the United States. Each handblown piece is created in his studio in Hudson Valley and marries the use of old techniques with modern designs.
"I have always believed that things made by hand offer a shared experience between the maker and the user. A simple object can forge connections."
Based out of Virgnia, Susan Elnora's jewelry collection explores the ways in which jewelry can transcend the role of adornment by visually representing our memories, dreams, and stories. For Susan, jewelry has the ability to act as a powerful symbol of the journeys we have taken in our lives as well as connect us to the natural world.
Handmade, Susan's work is created from sterling silver and gold that is shaped by sawing and filing before being soldered together. By using the process of oxidization, Susan is able to achieve gorgeous detailing that gives each piece a unique, sculptural quality.
Each piece allows the wearer to make their own individual connections to the work as well as experience a universal connectedness through the shared symbol of a skull.
Spice up your wardrobe with a piece from this gorgeous collection.
Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass is out of Fort Payne, Alabama and is one of the few glass artists working out of the Southeastern U.S. Known for designs that focus on color and purity of form, his work possesses a refreshing elegance that is incredibly beautiful in its simplicity.
Many of Cal’s vessels are created using the Incalmo technique. In this process, he creates bands of color by joining separate bubbles of glass together to form a single bubble. This requires the tricky task of making the two open lips of the bubbles exactly the same size so that they will join together properly. Beautiful, organic bands of color make up Cal’s incredible Incalmo vessels, and each piece is truly a sculptural masterpiece. See the beginnings of an Orbix piece in a video here.
Cal’s handblown water bowls are a perfect example of the clean designs that Orbix is known for. Inspired by nature, these pieces seek to reflect the experience of whitewater rafting, especially the moments of calm before being thrust back into rougher waters. The movement on the water’s surface and the swirling colors that abound are captured by Cal in these beautiful works of art. Cal draws specifically from his time in Little River Canyon, which is just a short distance from the Orbix studio. In order to give the illusion of flowing water, bubbles are blown into the glass when creating each piece.
Out of Washington state, Tamara Kelly creates exquisite sterling silver jewelry inspired by the shapes and textures of the natural world. The unique, organic designs of the collection reflect this inspiration in both recognizable and abstract forms. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted and often incorporates a technique called reticulation. In this process, a gorgeous textured surface results from using intense heat to remove the oxide in metal. A layer of pure metal is then revealed, making each piece unique unto itself. Learn more about Tamara's techniques and process in the interview below.
How did you discover your passion for art, specifically, jewelry?
In the late 80's I was living in Toronto Ontario trying to figure out my life , I had a few friends that were jewelers and artist, illustrators, couple of them going to the Ontario College of Art. So I decided I would apply for a General study at the college I was excepted and worked on my first year of study over 2 years as well as working full time. The 3rd year my father helped me out so I could attend full time, my major was sculpture and enameling, print making wood turning and plastics and dabbled in jewelry. During that time my friend made me that jewelry bench and the rest is history. Graduated and moved to Vancouver BC worked on jewelry during the day and worked at night as a bartender. I figured that jewelry was my passion and just put my head down and worked hard.
Will you speak a little about your process, particularly how your dreams influence your work?
A lot of time I dream about jewelry designs , the steps and the finished piece, I have a sketch book in most rooms and doodle a lot each year I have to come up with new ideas for the galleries and myself to expand on the ideas.
How does the particular stone you choose to work with influence the final piece? Do you prefer a more intuitive, "create as you go" process?
I have special stones larger pieces that usually create themselves like turquoise , larimar, those pieces are "create as you go."
Mosaics are created by combining small pieces of a given material until a desired form or image is achieved. The technique has a long history, dating back to Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. While earliest mosaics consisted of the traditional pebbles and stones, this popular art form has become more and more experimental as artists now incorporate glass, beads, and even shells. Possibilities for material experimentation with the technique are seemingly endless, making it a beloved choice among artists.
Out of Lake City, Florida, Victoria Garley creates gorgeous glass mosaics and canvases. A glass artist for more than 25 years, Garley has instructed glass mosaic and leaded glass techniques privately and at the college level. Her work is created using recycled glass on canvas that is sealed with a clear resin. Garley begins her process by painting each canvas. She then places recycled glass on top and seals it with the resin coating, giving a beautiful glistening quality to each piece.
"Jewels," one of Garley's glass mosaics, is an elaborate piece consisting of recycled glass and gems. An eye-catching color palette is created by meticulously shaping and fusing together pieces of colored glass, resulting in a beautiful floral image within a sleek, black frame. Liven up your space by adding one of Garley's unique sculptural paintings to your decor.
The Michou jewelry collection is handmade and beautifully crafted with much attention to detail. Consisting of sterling silver, genuine stones, and 22k gold vermeil accents, each piece is truly a wearable work of art. Add a touch of sparkle to your look with pieces from this gorgeous beach-inspired collection.
Michele Sonner resides in Lake Tahoe, California and is the creative force behind the Michou jewelry collection. Her passion for jewelry design arose when she learned of a technique that originated in Bali called “granulation,” an ancient art form where in granules of precious metals such as silver or gold are fused onto a surface. Michele traveled to Bali to apprentice with skilled artisans and soon began to combine her own modern aesthetic with this beloved technique. The result was a beautiful jewelry line full of unique designs, featuring handcrafted detailing and eye-catching gemstones.
"I create collections that women can connect with and embrace; each piece is ageless, filled with heart so that it actually becomes part of the women who wear them." -- Michele Sonner
Elegant yet playful, the Michou collection celebrates art and the passion behind its creation.
Inspired by space, physics, and cosmology, Josh Simpson began creating his incredible marble-sized planets in the 1970’s. Self-taught, he learned his craft through trial and error, a task very much in keeping with the art world at the time. Isolating himself in the Vermont Woods, Simpson learned to blow glass in a primitive, hand-built studio. He now resides in Shelburne, MA, but his work can be found on display in numerous galleries throughout the world and is in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
In order to create his lush alien landscapes, Simpson uses a combination of glassblowing techniques. His process is a dance of sorts between the hand of the artist and what the glass does on its own, and the end result is an incredible mixture of deliberate choices and chance. Simpson begins his process by creating colorful glass rods called Cane. These rods are cut up into small circles called Murrine and eventually melted into his planets. Each planet begins with silver metal being melted onto a small glob of molten glass. Simpson then adds layers of the Murrine, colored glass, and often gold or platinum leaf, slowly forming the other-worldly landscapes that exist inside each colorfully bold planet.
The planet is then broken off of the rod and Simpson uses a blowtorch to give the planet its spherical shape. After it is allowed to cool, he then sands off the sharp edge at the bottom with the use of a spinning instrument coated in diamond dust. Lastly, Simpson etches his name into the bottom of each planet.
Perfect for a collector or for functional use, Josh Simpson's mesmerizing art glass planets are an ideal way to bring art into your life each and every day.