Hand Engraved Glass Wine glasses barware Crystal gifts

Youngsville, North Carolina | 1290 Sales


Hand Engraved Glass Wine glasses barware Crystal gifts

Youngsville, North Carolina 1290 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Note from shop owner I hurt my hand and it was a bit worse than expected. I am going to be in vacation mode for a bit while it heals. I can still cut replacements if needed and will answer messages within 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 17, 2018

I hurt my hand and it was a bit worse than expected. I am going to be in vacation mode for a bit while it heals. I can still cut replacements if needed and will answer messages within 24 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

Joanna Alley

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Joanna Alley


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Growing and creating together with GlassGoddessNgraving. Making memories that last.

I have always had a need to create things,making something truly unique. I never could seem to go with the flow of the accepted or expected. I've been up to something creative since I can remember. I began to sew at four years old , because I wanted all of my Stuffed animals to have hearts , and my mother was tired of sewing them up.
We never had alot of extra growing up, and my mom spent every spare minute making crafts which she sold to help foot the cost of Birthdays and Christmas with three little girls. I learned alot from her , up late at night putting together beautiful memories.

My first introduction to glass work came at the begining of the 90's. My father (an autobody technician) discovered he could sandblast on glass and it was beautiful. My mother drew and cut the stencils and he sandblasted. I was amazed.

As years went on I kept on crafting, having small children of my own to provide for. I painted murals, sewed stuffed animals, and made fairy dolls. There wan't much that I didn't do.

I got sick in 2008 , suddenly I was having allergy attacks bad enough to put me in the hospital. I wasn't just reacting to food or bee sting, but to about 200 things including, dust , soap, paint, dye, chalk. Suddenly I felt like I had been locked into my bubble and couldn't touch anything.

While watching videos on youtube, I rediscovered glass art, but this time it was done by hand using a micro drill. I watched the lovely Lesley Pyke with wonder. She was making beautiful art, and the details were finer than my Father had ever been able to accomplish sandblasting. There were no paints or chemicals. The only thing I would be handling was glass dust, which is like fine sand.

I emailed Lesley and she was quick to reply with enough info to get me started.

I knew my husband owned a micro drill, and had diamond points. (He's a tool guy) I robbed his tool box and sat down to a glass vase.

I was jittery with the first piece I did, so sure the thin and delicate glass would explode as the drill tip touched it, but it didn't and a couple of hours later I was looking at a beautiful poodle pup. I gave this first piece to my Grandmother. She treasured it an encouraged me to do more.

For the next two years I made glass art, learning new techniques and tools. Working with new shapes and gifting my family with it for every occasion. My mother would get a box for her birthday and say "I wonder what kind of glass I got."

After being berated by my husband and family I finaly decided to let my Joy out into the world. Before I came here to Etsy I did a festival, bringing over 300 pieces of my work. I didn't care about money, I wanted to see people react. I saw it for two straight days, and just as my husband had told me all along ,the reaction was wonderful. People from every walk of life stood in amazement. My heart lept with every gasp , and every smile. I watched old friends go to new homes, and even felt a little sad. I came home convinced it was time to let my work travel out into the world and came here to Etsy.

I'm notoriously bad about sending out pieces I don't get photos of. It something I have the hardest time getiing myself to do. Let's face it I wanted to be an engraver , not a photographer.

When I'm not working on Etsy projects and custom orders, I am dealing with my wonderful local customers. They get to say "I'll have my engraver make Mom's gift, she likes one of a kind." It is my honor and joy to provide them an option that stands out.

So when I'm not engraving, what do I do? I'm with my husband and children most of the time. My children are my world and I delight in most everything they do. They have such varied talents and interests. I try my best to help them to cultivate those things that they enjoy. They are musical, artistic, imaginative, smart and most of all loud. :)

My husband is my best friend, we can sit on our front porch and talk daily life, news and gardening until the wee hours of the night. Somedays I forget what a gift he is.

I infected him with the gardening bug. When I got sick all of my flowers were melting in the summer heat and I just couldn't do a thing about it. He took up my slack, put in a water system for me that would take care of all my watering with the push of a button, and somewhere along the way he became a gardener. Sorry honey, there's no cure.

The creating becomes infectous too, I look across the room and see a husband who makes beautiful metal scupture, a daughter who draws and paints and writes songs. I see a teenage son who sculpts with clay. Even a 7 year old who paints with oils and worships the ground Bob Ross walks on.I also see a 6 year old that can add numbers in the billions, but we're not sure what planet he's from.

When you buy handmade , that what YOU help to grow. That too is infectous.

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  • Joanna

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Engraver, Packing, Shipping

    This shop is all hand engraved glass, by me without outside Help. I engrave from home . I am a Glass engraver from the state of North Carolina. I am a real southern girl complete with accent, and can bait my own fishing hook.

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Last updated on Jun 14, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Please hand wash , or if using dishwasher do not use high heat dry cycles

How are my glasses Engraved ?

Drill engraving involves the use of micro motor drills , or flex drive drills depending on engraving depth and the hardness of the glass. Instead of prefabricated stencils . the drill engraver must carve out each line or area of shading, much like painting or drawing. Yes we do all of this while wearing particle masks and magnifying glasses (a cute look for any lady) The result is pemanant , and like a painting, a one of a kind piece of art. The design is permanent and washable.Glass and crystal can have widely varied looks , and prices.

Is there an additional charge to personalize?

NO , there is no additional charge to personalize.
Simply put your needed text in the "Notes" section at checkout and I will be glad to assist you.

Is there a Character limit to Personalize your glassware ?

No, but there are of course size limitations. An area of a couple inches simply will not allow me to write in ten lines of text. Please keep this in mind when making your text choice or if you are unsure please contact me.

Where do I put in the text I want ?

Enter this information in the buyers note portion at checkout and I will be glad to assist you.

Are VAT or customs fee included?

NO , etsy states "where applicable" . My shop is not where applicable. As a US seller I cannot collect your VAT or customs fees because I am not registered with YOUR government to do so. I am neither a citizen of the UK or EU and cannot remit for you. These fees will be due when picking up your item from your local post. They are not a part of postage price.