Suzanne Balestri's Profile

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My art demonstrates a powerful grace influenced by my dedication to yoga and whole wellness. My interior design background has refined my eye for color arrangement and clean design. Melding a classic process with a modern touch rejuvenates my soul. When I work with glass to transform it into art, I step into a cocoon - a haven for nurturing and transformation.

My latest collections are the Chakra Series and Meditation Series necklaces. Each necklace comes with a card describing the particular chakra or a meditation that inspired the necklace. Very heartfelt designs to speak to the deeper levels of our being.

I've recently expanded the wellness and yoga aspect of my designs to clothing - racerback tank tops done in the burnout fabric ensuring super soft comfort and no shrinkage. I've taken the artwork created for the cards that go with my Chakra…

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  • Female
  • Joined July 7, 2011

Favorite materials

Glass, leather, metal, sterling silver, liquid platinum, cotton, brass, suede

About

My art demonstrates a powerful grace influenced by my dedication to yoga and whole wellness. My interior design background has refined my eye for color arrangement and clean design. Melding a classic process with a modern touch rejuvenates my soul. When I work with glass to transform it into art, I step into a cocoon - a haven for nurturing and transformation.

My latest collections are the Chakra Series and Meditation Series necklaces. Each necklace comes with a card describing the particular chakra or a meditation that inspired the necklace. Very heartfelt designs to speak to the deeper levels of our being.

I've recently expanded the wellness and yoga aspect of my designs to clothing - racerback tank tops done in the burnout fabric ensuring super soft comfort and no shrinkage. I've taken the artwork created for the cards that go with my Chakra necklaces and am transferring them to the tank tops with a direct to garment (DTG) printing process. With DTG, there is no silk screening where the design is applied to the top of the fabric. Instead, the fibers of the fabric are dyed with the ink so the top remains feather light and unencumbered by a heavy screened design. Each top is done individually so some variation is to be expected. These burnout tops are a little more delicate than 100% cotton tops so should be hand washed and line dried.

You can also take a look at my regular website www.cocoon-designs.com for more.
~ Suzanne

The Art of Fused Glass
These fused glass pieces of wearable art are handcrafted using a process originally developed by the Ancient Egyptians. Glass fusion requires carefully measuring, cutting and cleaning fusible glass before layering and assembling it into the desired conceptual design. The assembled unit is then placed into a kiln for several hours until it reaches 1475 degrees, the point at which the layered pieces melt into each other to become one piece. The kiln is then cooled over several hours, which anneals the glass to give it strength and durability. A good portion of the pieces come out of the kiln requiring further work (called “cold-working”) which includes grinding, drilling, sawing or sandblasting, depending on the what the desired final outcome of the piece is. After the piece is cold-worked, it requires another round through the kiln – at even slower heating and cooling rates – to “fire-polish” the piece.

What makes a Cocoon piece unique?
Bold colors, sophisticated ensembles and finished edge work are characteristics of my work. I take great pride in giving each piece its own unique look. My goal is to take this amazing process of fused glass to the next level by creating a piece of art that you can wear to express your personality. It is my way of melding a classic process with a modern touch. I ensure that the edge work of my rings, buckles and necklaces are straight and finished cleanly. I build a channel into the design of my earrings and bracelets so that I can pass wire through them to secure them to the earring findings or the bracelet cuffs. This attention to detail is not readily found within this medium as it is time-consuming and tedious work. It is art, and I treat it as such because you, the discerning individual that you are, deserve it and appreciate it!

About Me
Suzanne Balestri was an interior designer when she first began her explorations with fused glass. After taking a fused glass workshop for fun in 2006, it didn’t take long for her passion for the glass medium to grow. She soon began taking more in-depth courses in fused glass as well as jewelry design and fabrication at UC San Diego. In 2008, Suzanne began selling her work and participating in art shows.

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