Anna Blair: Kiln-fired, Dichroic Art Glass Jewelry

By Cassie Rief in Featured Artists > Other Mediums

Former high school art teacher turned full-time artist, Anna Blair, of Fort Worth, Texas, is no stranger to the kiln. Her fused glass jewelry is made using hand-cut glass, layered and bonded together, with stunning images depicted in enamel.

After cold-working the piece with a grinder, fire polishing, and applying jewelry findings, the end result is unique, wearable piece of art that is sure to impress!

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In The Trio Anna transforms a block of triangular-shaped colors, from searing blues, pure whites and complimentary yellows, into a beautiful landscape in which horses gallop freely along (perhaps) a dirt-packed path.

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Anna breaks up these triangular shapes with a mountainous scene dotted with trees that trail off in the background, giving the scene a three-dimensional effect.

This next necklace is equally stunning, with a deep black layer acting as a backdrop and specks of celestial green, violet and orange hues igniting from within the glass.

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Do you see any images when looking at the purple and orange side of the glass? I can make out both a butterfly spreading its wings into flight and a woman in a dress facing left and clasping her hands up near her shoulders.

And let’s not overlook how the pearlescent beads of the necklace complement the glass perfectly, creating a unified piece of jewelry that is both feminine and bold at the same time. I especially love how Anna used different sizes of beads, and varied their shape, transparency, and color for added intricacy.

Lastly, Mermaid is a pendant that immediately caught my attention. Simplified to just black and white, Anna was able to visualize an undersea coral forest that jets out above the mermaid, forming a layer of protection against predators.

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Between hedges of coral and seaweed a mermaid swims, undulating out into deeper waters amidst a darting school of tiny fish. It’s a dreamt-up scene, but Anna tell its story so believably that you can’t help but be drawn into this world of fantasy. For all lovers of mythical adventure, this piece is a must-have for your collection of jewelry!

From necklaces to coasters, keychains to bracelets, Anna’s Etsy site sells a wonderful variety of her beautiful, fused glass art pieces. The holidays will be here before you know it—so take a few minutes today to check out her site for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift!

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