To continue on the theme of “My Fabulously Talented Neighbours”, I am pleased to introduce you to the lovely Vicky Gangel of The Glass Angel jewelry and home accessories. A busy mum and local artisan, Vicky creates a wide variety of glass objects from fusing her work in a kiln from home.
Although she had always had something artsy going on, it was only when a friend suggested a day out at Retro Glass in Alloa http://www.retro-glass.co.uk/ about four years ago that her new passion was born. She made it official last year with the launch of The Glass Angel.
These stunning glass pendants were some of the first pieces of her work that I was introduced to last year. Her pieces are of her own design but can be commissioned as well. Her website in development is set to launch for the burgeoning Christmas orders.
The versatility of her work is pretty groovy as well. Not only are there things for the home such as candle bases and sets of coasters, but the jewelry also branches out to include cuff links and earring as well as the pendants. The sky is the limit!
As cutting glass can be a poky and messy business with small children in the house, Vicky tends to work in the evening and places the pieces in kiln overnight to do their cooking and cooling. It can lead to some moments of trepidation when the kiln is opened in the morning to unveil the successes on the nights work!
These are my new favorite pieces – melted wine bottle cheese boards – how cool. After posting an image on Facebook of her first effort of the new bottle range, Vicky had ten orders for more at the end of the first day. The squashed bottle base even makes a perfect space for some chutney. People are now saving up their Bombay Sapphire and other coloured bottles to bring to Vicky to see what effects they can produce – and she is getting a mite concerned what her neighbours must think with these growing piles of empty bottles in her back garden.
Yet another area of development are these glass canvases. Using small droplets of melted glass, sea glass (which we apparently have loads of), beads and found objects these wee pieces of wall art add just the perfect touch to your home.
Again, the canvases can be made to order or chosen from The Glass Angel’s existing stock.
If you are local to the fabulous Fife and Lothians areas (no matter what Jade Richards of the X Factor says http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dnp6N9jsLo) please give Vicky a call and she can bring her elegant displays to your home or you can order from her website (for those out of the area or country) in a few short weeks!
Ciao for now….