jewelnotes

Handcrafted glass items from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Canada · 120 Sales

jewelnotes

Handcrafted glass items from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary, Canada 120 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(34)

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Last updated on Mar 4, 2017

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Michelle Atkinson

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5 out of 5 stars
(34)
chelsea s

chelsea s on Dec 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful glass candle holder. I'm very excited to share this gift! Michelle was quick to respond. Thanks you!

chelsea s

chelsea s on Dec 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful candle holder! Quick correspondence and response to requests. Excellent purchase 😊

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Updates

Adding lots of new pendants to the shop. Check back daily for more!
Photographed some lovely dichro with Angel Quartz yesterday. Listed a couple, more during the week. All at @newcraftcoalition on Friday! #yyc #newcraftcoalition #abcraft #artisan #glassjewelry

About

My mum calls me Magpie

I used to play with mum’s costume jewelry when I was little and growing up I went with her to art shows and was fascinated by jewelry artists’ work. I also used to spend time digging up bits of old pottery and glass in the backyard, I'm not sure what was on the land before us but I'd find all sorts of shiny pieces for my collection.
Fascinated by shiny things, my mum calls me a magpie.

Growing up I tried my hand at every art-related project I could get my hands on, then when on vacation I watched glass blowers in a hot shop creating glass baubles. The art form was entrancing. The artists had to work together in a dance and the fire of the furnaces mixed with the oozing liquid glass.

I didn't instantly think, hey I'm gonna do that. Instead it was just an idea in the back of my head. I always found glass interesting. Blown, fused, cast, it didn't matter. It wasn't until many years later that I actually decided to try working with it.
I went on to become a graphic designer, thinking that was a more solid career than 'artist', because who really makes money as an artist right?

Then ten years into that career I started to run out of steam, creating work all for others started to make the ideas dry up. I needed an outlet for the ideas that didn't get produced. I needed to make art for me. And that's when on a whim I took a beginner fused glass glass at the local glass supply store.

The next day I bought my first kiln, it was just a little one but I started with dichroic jewelry and small bowls. the process instantly revitalized me!

My husband then put up with me having a mini glass workshop in the spare bedroom for a little over a year. After constantly stepping on tiny shards of glass and wanting to move to bigger projects that would require better ventilation we decided I needed a real studio, not a spare room.

Today I share a space with two other artists and it's a place where we can get messy! I've got another kiln (much larger) and many other tools needed for the work I produce. I still have the day job, but the glass is my full time hobby. I spend a few hours a day on the practice wether it's time online with social media or the shop or out at the studio.

I strive to enhance my work everyday and only put out work I would gladly wear and purchase myself. I aim to keep my costs low so that everyone can afford to wear and enjoy my work.

In the shop you'll find my smaller works, jewelry and small sculptural and home decor pieces. I also have larger pieces you can find on my website and Instagram (links below).

Want to ask a question? Feel free to send me a note through Etsy conversations or through my website on the contact page

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  • Michelle Atkinson

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Michelle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and her work is influenced by textures within nature. She is an accomplished graphic designer and a self taught glass artist. Michelle loves creating jewelry for the Etsy shop.

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