We are into Week #6 of the “It’s Better Handmade” blog ring and this week’s featured artisan is Joy Alyssa Day, owner of Glass Sculpture Org
I admire this young lady for living her dreams. That takes a tremendous amount of courage and faith.
While attending Purdue University in the field of computer science, Joy planned to be a computer designer for spacecraft systems. Then one blustery winter morning just before her junior spring term was to begin she made the decision to give up a probable financially comfortable future for instability and happiness! And Joy has turned that instability into a very stable and successful career.
Here are a few of my favorites from her shop:
I love this fused glass bottle stopper. 2" square and1/2" thick, the piece is made from multiple sheets of glass, each with part of the painting on it. When the whole stack is fused together, the leaf and grape cluster appears. The backside is iridescent to add extra sparkle. If you look in from the sides, you can see the different layers of color that make up the painting. Each piece of glass is hand painted, then the entire stack is fused together. After it is fused and then re-fired again, the stopper is trimmed and polished, then signed. All of this is hand done by the artist. The stopper piece is stainless steel so won't pit or stain.
In addition to fused glass, Joy also creates blown glass and I love these earrings!
These drip earrings are just gorgeous! Joy uses the torch to combine the colors and then shape them into a wonderful teardrop. Red fades into gold and then into yellow at the top. Awesome! These beautiful pieces are 2” long glass. All of Joy’s pieces are created in a smoke free mountaintop glass studio in the hills of California. Each piece is created by hand no two will ever be the same.
Another technique that I had never heard about that Joy uses is Cast Art Glass and I thought this bowl was beautiful!
I’ll let Joy describe this one! “From my"Splash" technique, this bowl has a base color of a light blue with deeper blues splashing into it. The technique creates what looks like boiling and splashing glass, then the glass is "frozen" with the patterns. It is then stretched and the edges are rippled to look like waves of glass splashing outward. Makes for an amazing work of art. This can be used as a decorative bowl, or a stunning Baptismal bowl. This beautiful piece is18" round, 4 1/2" deep. Can be made into a sink, just let me know.”
Joy also publishes two blogs:
Bengal Mania "This blog is about all cats who have happened, in one way or another, upon our lives"
The Art of Joy Alysssa Day This blog is about all of Joy’s artistic abilities. The one I found most interesting and beautiful was her Reverse Art Glass paintings. Click on the picture to find out about this unique art.
I hope you enjoy learning about Joy as I did!