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I didn’t set my intentions on becoming a glass artist… I went on a journey in search of a creative lifestyle and it unfolded into more than I ever imagined it could be…

I did not attend art school. In fact, I never quite found a medium I really clicked with in school but I had always been very creative and I learned at a young age that working with my hands made me happy.


In high school I started working in the restaurant industry and stayed in it full time until my mid 20’s. After losing my mother very suddenly, I set out to pursue a life that was more aligned with the things that made me feel inspired and happy. I tried a few random jobs and one of these was assembling glass jewelry for a local artist. The pay wasn’t much and I honestly thought it was just another layover until I found something else, but something very unexpected happened. I really liked doing it and I was good at it. 

It wasn't long before I was set up and working from home which allowed me the creative freedom to start my own designs that I began selling at craft shows and officially formed my own business.

In 2010, I started playing around with glass bottles. With all the skills and equipment I had it just seemed natural for me to try and use all this glass that was being discarded daily literally by the buckets full. These bottles are made in the most gorgeous rainbow of colors and it was all just heading to landfills.

 

Each bottle I use goes through a multi step process. It is cleaned and cut, broken down and separated into tops, bottoms and middle parts. I utilize each part in my work for different applications. The glass is then put through one or multiple kiln firings. It is a labor of love and a true transformation from trash to treasure!

I love the work that I do knowing that I can take all this beautiful glass that may otherwise end up in a landfill and reuse it. I feel that in these times it is really important to be environmentally conscious and I am proud to say that my work is

Recycled, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly.

Melissa Joy

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Melissa Joy Williams

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