And then there was Glass, offers hand made glass jewelry, buttons and embellishments created from dichroic glass.
About the Glass
Dichroic glass is glass that contains multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass optical properties. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a particular transmitted color and a completely different reflected color because certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected causing an array of color to result. The colors actually shift depending on the angle of view or the light in the room.
Modern dichroic glass is available as a result of research carried out by NASA and its contractors who developed it for use in dichroic filters. However, dichroic glass dates back to at least the 4th century AD.
A plate of dichroic glass can be fused with other glass in multiple firings. Due to variations in the firing process, individual results can never be exactly predicted, so each piece of fused dichroic glass is unique.
Dichroic glass is used in various dichroic optical filters to select narrow bands of spectral colors, for example in fluorescence microscopy, LCD projectors, or 3D movies.
….And then there was glass….
About the Artist
Sandra Loucille (born Sandra Copman) is a local artisan living in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Born in Boston, she studied fine art throughout her life and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire in Durham NH, followed by a Masters in Art Therapy from Lesley College and then a Masters in Science in Special Education from Simmons College. She later went on to earn her Doctorate in Special Education and Research from Boston University and has worked for most of her adult life as a therapist, special educator and grant writer with a focus on designing programs and raising money for programs for students with disabilities and aging adults.
She is a grateful breast cancer survivor and a 7 year member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a founding Board member for V-Matters (a local women’s health organization), and a volunteer for many other causes in the arts and health care domains. Sandra has recently started her own research organization called The Daddy Fund dedicated in her Dad’s memory to study the most effective ways to help aging adults remain in their own home through health challenges.
Knowing first hand the healing power of making art,
Sandra has never lost her love for art making.
In the Artist's Words...
From the time I can first remember, I always loved to make things. I fell in love with sand and mud from the first visit to the shore; sand, pebbles, stones, making castles. All of the different textures were heavenly and to me, they all made something. I remember how much I loved the various things you could do even with snow! And later, when I began to love mountain climbing, walking forever through the woods, and playing on rocks, I loved to find escape in the endless rock formations made by nature.
I was never great as a sculptor but I loved texture and layering items and materials so it was only natural that I would find sewing my first true love (after sand castle building). I loved textiles, fibers and design work. So I began to be a serious sewer at age 6, making doll clothes and decorations, then my own clothes and costumes, many by hand. My Dad bought me a sewing machine when I was about 12 and I made most of my own clothes on that simple Kenmore straight stitch machine until I was about 21 and finally bought an amazing Singer electronic sewing machine when I went to work at a local dealership to put myself through graduate school.
Now, 30 years later, I am the proud and happy owner of TWO incredible machines that practically walk, a Bernina embroidery and sewing machine, and a Babylock serger! Times have changed.
I always wanted to merge my love of painting, sewing and making things…and my love of nature and mountain climbing…but simply couldn't’t figure it out until one day I was taking a stained glass course in my new town of Grafton and my wonderful teacher/glass artist said she was offering courses in dichroic glass jewelry making. And, I fell in love – again!!!
With the dichroic glass, I was able to find beautiful colors that changed with the light and with the way you made the cuts, with firing and the temperatures of the kiln, and with the shapes or the layering.
In addition, you could use the objects not simply for jewelry – though they make beautiful jewels of course – but I saw instantly that I could use the pieces for unusual knobs on furnishings or as pretty embellishments for scarves, pocketbooks, throw pillows…and of course, buttons for clothing. At last, a way to merge my art making with my sewing, adding some dimension to the fabrics in an unusual and glassy way.
So, was born “….and then there was glass….”
Pieces in this collection start at $5 for the smaller pieces, with $12 being the average price of an item.
10% of the proceeds of sales go to the causes to which I devote my life.
You can contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.