MARY TANGORA's Profile

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I've been making "Cultured Beach Glass" jewelry and accessories for nearly 30 years. Many of those years my main income was from art and craft shows and wholesale to galleries around the country. This past year I have expanded my designs to include: paper, wood, and plastic. From Art Deco to Steam Punk my designs are proven to bear the distance of time. Once you try them you will be hooked.
A few years ago my Mom started showing signs of dementia so my days of traveling to art shows needed to be reexamined. During this time we started a brick and mortar gallery called "Wind Water & Light" in Urbana IL. My husband and I have run the gallery for 10 years. We represent around 200 artists local and national. I am excited to use Etsy to gather my clients from the days when we would show my works in areas far and away from Champaign - Urbana. unfortunately we could no longer navigate the recession and closr the gallery…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 14
  • Joined August 11, 2008

Favorite materials

Glass, paper, wood, semiprecious stones, sterling silver, gold filled, copper and niobium wire, glass beads, plastic clock gears, telephone wire

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About

I've been making "Cultured Beach Glass" jewelry and accessories for nearly 30 years. Many of those years my main income was from art and craft shows and wholesale to galleries around the country. This past year I have expanded my designs to include: paper, wood, and plastic. From Art Deco to Steam Punk my designs are proven to bear the distance of time. Once you try them you will be hooked.
A few years ago my Mom started showing signs of dementia so my days of traveling to art shows needed to be reexamined. During this time we started a brick and mortar gallery called "Wind Water & Light" in Urbana IL. My husband and I have run the gallery for 10 years. We represent around 200 artists local and national. I am excited to use Etsy to gather my clients from the days when we would show my works in areas far and away from Champaign - Urbana. unfortunately we could no longer navigate the recession and closr the gallery in 2014.
We give a little something to charities every month whether it is a gift certificate for WWL or an angel that I made. You will find ear rings both symmetrical and asymmetrical, (and yes we make clipons), angels, mermaids, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Now and then I make assemblages and paper bowls up cycled clocks from maps and plastic bottles. All up cycled and mixed up!
Many people think the name is ANGORA but it is actually Tangora, my maiden name. But Angora kind of fits the softness of the tumbled beach glass.
I majored in photography back when there wasn't any such thing as digital. I breathed too many raw chemicals during this time and had to find another discipline for myself. Walking down the beach one day I picked up a piece of beach glass. How beautiful I thought and how can I make this in Illinois? The rest is history
Oh, I LOVE TO SWIM.

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