I have worked with stained glass and then fused glass for the past 25 years. I started creating fused glass jewelry and learned the technique of wire wrapping about 15 years ago. I changed my focus to using hand-painted porcelain cabochons about four years ago as fused glass jewelry became more prominent.
I am basically self-taught but I have also taken several online classes as well as a class by an artist here in St. Charles that taught me the Kumihimo technique for creating satin and ribbon cords as well as beaded cords. I will be taking two classes this coming June at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee…both for different wire bracelet techniques.
One of the things that I love about porcelain is that it often reflects different colors depending on the environment. A cabochon that has a black and white base and is coated with mother of pearl reflects the blues, pinks, purples, greens, etc. that are a part of the black and white. I am intrigued with wire wrapping because the wire generally can’t be manipulated in the same exact way on the different pieces. My wrapping focuses on the base piece and the flow of the wire. Because of this, you can truly say that you have a one-of-a-kind piece of art to wear.
I create pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. I have been approved and certified as a Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design. I am a Best of Missouri Hands juried artist. I am a member of the St. Charles County Arts Council and the Great St. Louis Arts Association.
See more of Donna's work at www.brokenandrenewedglassart.com.