TMelanie and apprentice, Kristin in SpringHill workshop in 2015.
Melanie and first apprentice, Alana in SpringHill workshop in 2015
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Melanie Cech - Owner of Cech Glass, Inc
"Soulsisters" ---original sculpture, 2002
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 build new designs and techniques in front of an audience that were mesmerized with my ability to create figurines in such a short period of time. In 2000, I moved to Spring Hill, Florida, and continued developing my brand and The Glass Menagerie. During these years I exhibited at numerous art shows throughout Florida and provided my artwork to several exclusive galleries and gift stores in southwest Florida. In 2014, I started Cech Glass, Inc. and started my website, MelanieCechGlass.com, and began teaching and apprenticing. I now reside and work in St. Petersburg, Florida and hope to be able to offer workshops and classes on a group and individual level at some point in the near future. I have spent over 50,000 hours working on the torch and I hope to continue making these beautiful pieces while expanding my knowledge, creativity, and talents in new fields.
Pearl Nautilus with Tendrils on Coral--Large
VISION. CREATIVITY. STRENGTH.
I have been a flamework glass artist for over 27 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. I hope to continue expanding my knowledge in glass art and work with other artists in teaching and workshops. This journey has truly been a labor of love. I enjoy living and working in St. Petersburg, Florida and I am passionate about connecting with others that are live 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.