Jewelry and Accessories
created by Melissa Joy Williams
In search of a unique gift, I walked into a local shop that had beautiful stained glass hanging in their windows. Excitement immediately rushed through me as I looked around and realized it was a stained glass supply store. Wall to wall rainbows of color, the textures, the way the light danced through the glass and reflected all around me. The energy filled me with such wonder and inspiration, I immediately signed up for a class.
As my passion and creativity grew I continued learning new techniques and began working with a local artist making stained glass jewelry. It wasn't long before I was selling my own work at local craft fairs.
Along my journey, I began noticing the large amounts of glass bottles that were being discarded daily at local bars and restaurants. NOT being recycled, but going into the “trash”. I realized the impact this was having on the environment and I set out on a new mission. I began bringing the bottles home and utilizing these beautiful treasures.
Spirit Glassworks had emerged.
Every piece of my work features recycled glass. I handmake each piece from start to finish. I begin with sourcing my glass, mostly from wine, beer and spirit bottles. I also salvage jars, plates, vases or anything else that may be cracked, broken or no longer usable for its original purpose. Each bottle is
cleaned, cut, broken down and crushed. The glass then goes through one or multiple kiln firings in my home studio.
The result is beautiful, everyday wearable jewelry pieces that are truly unique. Each finished piece takes on new beauty with the addition of different textures to the original glass. Often mistaken for stone or sea glass, each of my pieces have an extraordinary energy and spirit unique to themselves.
With an emphasis on sustainability and being environmentally friendly, I am passionate on coming up with new designs to utilize each piece of glass and recognize my work to be a true transformation from trash to treasure.