Beginning Techniques in Flameworking - Virtual online sessions available soon!
Melanie L. Cech - Glass artist
Please "Cech" out my new GoFundMe Campaign to help assist me in buying torches, equipment and tools needed to set up classes and workshops that will benefit the community! These will be held in a public venue so that eveyone is welcome and can try their hand at flameworking! Also, any funds raised will go towards helping me finish my virtual online tutorials by the end of the year! Read more, share, and donate if you can help!
In case you missed it...... in April, VoyageTampa magazine interviewed me about my life and journey with flameworking and as an artist! Read the interview here.
At my home studio creating sea grasses for a Flamingo and Ibis piece and celebrating 30 years of flameworking!
Adding a glass fin to an angelfish
Demonstration at the Morean, Feb. 2020
My flamework glass sculptures and jewelry are made with Pyrex (borosolicate) glass rods. The pieces are sculpted in an oxygen/ propane flame, and trimmed with 22kt gold. All pieces are delicate, but durable, one-of-a-kind designs that are set in natural corals, shells, and stones that represent the local area.
Art Expo is a charming gallery located in the heart of St. Pete Beach on historic Corey Avenue. For several years they have displayed and sold a wide variety of my work including sealife sculptures on coral, freestanding pieces, and jewelry. This store is located close to my home and I am able to deliver custom items quickly if ordered through this location.
Suncatcher’s Dream is located in the Olde Sanibel Shoppes and offers a beautiful and unique selection of affordable gifts handcrafted by artists from Sanibel and across the United States. They have been carrying my work for over 10 years and I've become great friends with the owner.
Friendly owners and staff with amazing customer service! Check them out when heading to southwest Florida!
Antonia's Boutique & Gifts, a Florida resort retailer established in 2013, is located in the heart of historic GreekTown - Tarpon Springs, Florida.
They carry a variety of my sealife designs, including an exclusive line of sponge divers and sponge diver helmets! I've known the owners since 1996 when I worked as a flamework glass artist on the sidewalk for a couple of years next to their store learning the tricks of the trade. A great family owned store with wonderful customer service! Visit them next time you are in town!
This store is located on the west side of St. Armands circle, Sarasota, FL. They have been carrying my work for many, many years and offer a wide variety of small sculpture and some jewelry. Friendly staff is familiar with me and my technqiues, so please ask them when visiting the store.
A fabulous bead shop & gift store offering a unique selection of local art, including a small variety of my sealife sculptures on coral. Located on Gulf Blvd in Indian Rocks Beach. They offer over 500 hand made items created by over 50 local artists. Go and visit Island Cove Beads today!
Opened in 2000 in Pass-A-Grille, the historic section of St. Pete Beach, Florida, right down the street from the famous Hurricane restaurant. Opened by a group of seven local artists whose mission was to share in the privileges and responsibilities of presenting and selling their artwork. When available, A Little Room for Art offers my smaller sized sculptures on coral, and some jewelry.