Diane Brinton


       I create art jewelry, mostly using glass – flame sculpted, formed, fused and fired. I love its molten flow and how it comes to life when worn. My studio is like a candy store to me – full of luminous, colorful, shimmering, seductive, glorious glass.

     Working with glass can be challenging. It’s molten in a flame and can be unpredictable when you add other types of reactive glass, metals, enamels, millefiori or “pixie” dust (yes, I have pixies in my studio). Glass can be imploded, sculpted, pushed into molds, sandblasted, stretched, etched, cut, cast and carved. The possibilities are endless.

     My next adventure is learning about precious metal clay. It can be formed and fired to leave fine silver, copper or bronze, and adding glass or gemstones creates unique jewelry pieces. One of the finest artists in this medium is Rodica Frunze, a guest artist on the Hammond Bay Studio Tour. I am proud to say that she is guiding me on this journey.