Large Octopus in Turquoise on on White Table Coral
Starfish with seafans on coral base, color varieties available
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"I love watching the glass melt as my hands dance around the fire! There is a calming energy I receive from melting and manipulating glass in the flame, as it quickly turns into a delicate design brought to life by the balance of the heat and my hands. My work is a reflection of and inspired by my love for the sun, the sand, the beach. I am passionate about making original, quality glass artwork that is accessible to people from all over the world."
Never Stop Creating!
I have been designing and working with glass since 1990. Flameworking, or torch work, is a beautiful artform adored by many! I have always been fascincated by glass and it's ability to be formed, or sculpted, into a beautiful design in such a short period of time. The delicate nature of the glass, as well as it's strength, makes it perfect for me to create designs that reflect my love for the islands, the beach, the sea, and my Florida home. Original sculptures and jewelry are made with borosolicate (boro) clear and colored glass rods and frit, or crushed glass, melted and shaped in a 3000 degree flame, trimmed with a touch of 22kt gold to enhance the edges, and annealed for durability. Most pieces are mounted to corals and natural stones to give a one of a kind setting and added strength to the piece.
I am happy to announce that theImagine Museum in St. Petersuburg, Florida is now carrying my original designs in their beautiful gift shop! This is an amazing, new museum that holds the most exquisite collection from the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement over the past 50 years! Also, while visiting museums in St. Pete, dont forget to find some of the unique, nautilus pieces in the gift shop at the Dali Museum!
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I create each piece with VISION, CREATIVITY, AND STRENGTH. Mysignature design, the Glass Spiral or Nautilus, which is represented in my logo, highlights the organization and patterns found in nature and life. Please see more about this on "The Artist" tab.
Testimonial: "She (my wife) LOVED the Nautilus piece. She had tears in her eyes. I gave my daughter the medium sized one and placed it next to it for display. I told my daughter that she would get it once she had her own home one day. I gave Sharon's mother the smaller one to remember Sharon's birthday, and Sharon's sister the other one for the same reason. Tears were had by all of the ladies (happy tears!) They are all beautiful! You did such a wonderful job on them all. I wired in a special light for the area that we are displaying it at my home. They really add a beautiful aspect to my living room and are a main display piece."
Shipwreck with diver and shark on white branch coral
(piece available at Antonia's Boutique in Tarpon Springs)
"When I found a wonderful piece of cypress wood my first thought was to have Melanie turn it into a centerpiece for my home. She created the most amazing underwater fantasy! Her work and attention to detail is spot on! I know that this will be one of my most cherished pieces of art. Thank you so much! "
- Maggie Loving, Jan. 2018
Let's connect! View my profile and contact me on LinkedIn, on Twitter @cech_Melanie, Facebook, or email me email@example.com. All pieces shown on the website or featured on the online store are original, and pieces ordered will be made in a similar design and fashion, but will always be made with the utmost quality and originality. I specialize in recreating sea life in sculpture and jewelry but have also enjoyed making many custom pieces including my "Soulsisters" series and other freeform designs.
Jellyfish on octopus coral and seaglass base
My work will continue to appreciate based upon the continued increase in demand, thanks to customers like you that see the true beauty in my art.
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Pearl Nautilus, Large, with Aqua and Blue tendrils on White Branch Coral - SPECIAL PRICE - $749.00
Available for hand delivery or pick up only
Seahorses in Aqua Frit and cobalt with Seagrasses on Brown Stem coral - Sold/taking orders - $365.00
Announcement: I will be located at booth P11 on the West side of Craig Park in the 45th Annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou on March 9th and 10th! Plan your weekend now! More details can be found on the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce website.
Contact me at 352-279-3191