Flameworked Glass Sculpture and Jewelry - Vision. Creativity. Strength.
It's been almost 2 years in the making - my "Beginning Techniques in Flameworked Glass Sculpture" complete online virtual sessions will be released this summer. Launch date is scheduled for August 11, 2022. I will be offering a discount for all preorders starting this weekend! Check back next week if you would like to reserve your copy which will include a FREE subscription to my monthly Continuing Glass Education series with access to the "behind the scenes" video of my studio, techniques, and day in the life of Melanie!
After a little break from teaching last month, my Beginning Techniques in Flameworked Glass Sculpture (with boro glass) sessions are back! SIGN UP Now - ($400. NON -MEMBERS/$350.00 MEMBERS) Only 4 spots available for the Wednesday night class, 6 - 9pm. Sign up at the link above. Interested in just a 1 - hour workshop instead? Contact me for availability, scheduling, and pricing for a Saturday or Sunday morning class through the summer.
Have you ever wanted to see the process of how I create my sculptures? I'm excited that Charley Belcher and FOX13 will be coming to my studio on May 23rd for a live broadcast on Charley's World between 6 - 10 AM! I will be doing a live flameworking demonstration and perhaps I'll let Charley try his hand at torch work! I'm looking forward to his visit! Tune in on May 23rd on FOX13!
ALSO ....If you'd like to see the process up close and in person, starting on May 25th, I will be working in the flameworking area at the Morean Hot shop on Wednesday afternoons from
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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 borosilicate glass rods. The pieces are sculpted in an oxygen/propane flame, trimmed with 22kt gold, an. All pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind designs, that are set in natural corals, shells, and stones that represent my love for sun, sand, and sea.
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!
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.
714 1st Ave N St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Get behind the scenes and observe resident glass artists creating unique works of art. All of the pieces created are for sale in the adjacent glass shop. Get inspired and take a glass art class or book a one-time hands-on glass experience!
In 2022, I have started teaching students interested in Beginning Techniques in Flameworked Sculpture. The flameworking area is located next to the Hot Shop in the Glass Studio. Browse the gift shop to find some of my artwork or find out more about my workshops on my website on the Workshop and Classes page.