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About the Artist

After nearly 25 years in “Corporate America”, I retired to pursue my creative side.  My chemical engineering background and love for “process” attracted me to stained glass, glass mosaics, and fused glass.  My glass education and experience is a result of working for a local stained glass studio for six years.

My desire to do more with fused glass led to a certification in Precious Metal Clay (PMC) several years ago.  PMC is made up of tiny particles of silver suspended in an organic binder to create a material that can be molded, formed and textured like modeling clay.  Pieces are then fired in a kiln at temperatures of 1100 to 1650 degrees to burn off the binder and fuse the silver particles.  The result is a piece of fine (99.9%) silver jewelry.  I love to combine dichroic fused glass with Precious Metal Clay to create unique pieces that always receive compliments.

Learning chain maille became a “must” when my PMC students expressed a desire to make charm bracelets for their fine silver pieces.  I took a number of classes in chain maille (from my teacher and mentor Sue Ripsch) and became “addicted” to the ancient art.  My chain maille pieces are handcrafted from sterling silver and/or gold filled jumprings.  The jumprings are opened and closed so they can be linked together in a pattern to form a beautiful pair of earrings, a bracelet or necklace.  All pieces are finished by tumbling to harden the metal rings and produce a beautiful shine.

I currently teach classes in chain maille, Precious Metal Clay, stained glass, fused glass, glass mosaics and silk scarf painting in Richmond and the surrounding area.  When not teaching, my husband and I enjoy our rescue dogs, volunteering at Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue (www.agprescue.org), learning new skills and playing a round or two of golf.

Feel free to contact me via e-mail at: byceleste@verizon.net.
Stop by one of the following locations to purchase my jewelry:
Bay School Cultural Arts Center
Crossroads Art Center
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center - Gift Shop
Laurel Gallery

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