I have been a flamework glass artist for almost 30 years and love creating detailed sealife designs and freeform glass sculptures. I am a self taught artist and have spent countless hours behind the torch learning this amazing artform. The journey has truly been a labor of love! I currently live and work in St. Pete, Florida and enjoy the lifestsyle around the beach, the water, and sunshine and continually find inspiration from being in this area!
"The Nautilus design is a symbol of life, harmony, and the perfection of nature. The Nautilus shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the Nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution, expansion and renewal -- the stages each person passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, fluidity and evolution. It reveals the cyclical nature of life and the relationship between unity and multiplicity. With no beginning and no end, the spiral curls eternally inward and eternally outward with continual self-creation. As a path, the spiral is both the journey home to who we really are, and the journey to be one who we will become, for they are one and the same.
It's spiral structure displays perfect mathematical proportion, sometimes called the Golden Mean or the Fibonacci Sequence. The Golden Mean number is also known as PHI. The unique thing about the Golden Mean is that it can be found incorporated in all known organic structures. Viewing the proportions of the Nautilus give us a serene sense of balance and well-being. The Golden Mean number is widely used in art, architecture, and religious symbols. It reminds us that subtle changes, one after the other, bring big results."
I am proud to have my one-of-a-kind Glass Nautilus designs available to purchase at the Dali Museum Gift shop in St. Petersburg, Florida. Please look for them next time you visit the Museum and other fine gift shops listed on my website. You can also order your own custom Nautilus designs through my online store or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices vary depending upon size, detail, and coral selection.
TMelanie and apprentice, Kristin in SpringHill workshop in 2015.
Melanie Cech - Glass Artist and owner of Cech Glass
"Soulsisters" ---original sculpture, 2002
VISION. CREATIVITY. STRENGTH.
Pearl Nautilus with Tendrils on Coral--Large
Melanie and first apprentice, Alana in SpringHill workshop in 2015
I was born in the Chicago area, but quickly learned that I hated the cold weather, so my family and I moved to the west coast of Florida when I was 15. After graduating Countryside High School in 1989, I moved to the US Virgin Islands, where I fell in love with the art of flameworking. I opened and operated my first retail store, The Glass Gallery, in St. Croix at the age of 19. Soon after, I moved to St. Thomas and opened two small gift stores in Havensight and Coral World, specializing in sea life jewelry and sculpture. I moved back to Florida in 1994, and continued my journey with glass...……. I worked as a full time glass artist at a gift store on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs from 1996-1999 which allowed me to create and try many new designs and techniques while people shopped and watched. In 2000, I moved to Spring Hill, Fl, and continued developing my brand, my business, the Glass Menagerie, and my love for flameworked glass. During these years I exhibited at many art shows throughout Florida and also expanded my product line that is displayed and sold at many galleries and gift stores in southwest Florida. (Listed on the Gift Shops and Galleries page). In 2014, I changed the name of my company to be able to incorporate my last name to Cech Glass, Inc., launched the website, MelanieCechGlass.com, designed my new logo incorporating my signature piece, the Nautilus design, expanded the marketing and branding of my work, and began teaching workshops and apprencticeships. Since then, I moved to St. Petersburg, FL to be a part of the recognized growing arts community here, named the "Glass Coast". I continue to love working with glass and hope to be able to continue for years to come!
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