Cleveland Street Glass

I moved to Cleveland in late 2014, with the intentions of focusing on my art. I didn't have a specific focus, but a list of interests- I just needed the space to try them all. I found a live/work loft downtown, and within a week my car was broken into. This event impacted my Cleveland experience, and in May of 2016 I launched Cleveland Street Glass: Jewelry made from the glass of car break-ins.

Mission

Metaphorically, the jewelry speaks to a larger story of finding positives within the negative, displaying resilience, and how beauty exists in the broken. At times we may feel unrepairable, but the ability to embrace our scars and flaws is a powerful accomplishment. This jewelry serves as a reminder of self-acceptance.

Process

Tempered auto glass has a fascinating quality of breaking into small cubes, but often chips will keep together, producing an intricate cracked effect. I work with the shapes that are naturally created from the break, preserving them without manipulation.

I created my own work process of hardening the glass with resin and using a stained glass technique to solder edging around. I also work with resin and stainless steel bezels for more production-oriented earrings and pendants.

Brand Design

I have been able to utilize all my existing design skills and expand into some I hadn't yet had the opportunity. I love all of it! One of the biggest learning opportunities was creating my jewelry display. I also really enjoyed working with marketing and PR.

Awards

2018- Best Of Cleveland, Cleveland Magazine

2018 – Best New Artist, Lakewood Arts Festival

2017 – Most Interesting Person, Cleveland Magazine

Links

ClevelandStreetGlass.com – More info and Online Shop

Press Kit

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