#013 Joy Oxley, Designs In Glass

As an artist, I am drawn to the sparkle and twinkle of glass! Reflections of color and light, it’s riveting glisten, begs to be created and captured in unique shapes. It is a connection with art and beauty that speaks to the soul.
I am inspired by the beauty of the Northern Gulf Coast, and the inland woodlands. I encase our brilliant white beach sand within the glass while it is molten, for my crystal sand designs. My interpretations of sea life, have been the most fun and challenging.
My fused dichroic glass designs, are made using a kiln, diamond saws, and lapidary equipment. The settings are cold connection work, made using a file, pliers, hammer and steel. I use argentum silver or gold-filled wire, hammering, and bending into shape with my hands and tools to create original settings.
My other passion in the world of glass is lampworking (torch work), using borosilicate glass (Pyrex). It’s resilience, clarity, and endless colors evoke wonder, conversation; and accentuate everyone’s own sense of style.
The glass materials that I use to create my wearable art glass have been manufactured in the USA.

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