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One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry: Glass Art by Renee Hennessy

A photo of a handmade pair of earringsArtisan Lampwork Mint Green and Purple Bells, Mushroom Earrings

Renee Hennessy is glass artist and jewelry maker based in Illinois. In her artistic practice Renee uses a variety of techniques including painting and staining glass, as well as combining found objects and bits and scraps of metal to produce unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

A set of wine glasses hand-painted with a floral motifYellow/Orange Flower Painted Crystal Wine Glasses

I like the way the artist combines all the gloss and shine of fine jewelry with a handmade, whimsical aesthetic in her works. Whether she’s working on a bracelet, a necklace, or earrings, the artist’s appreciation for textural, tactile surfaces and bright colour combinations shines through. 

A screen capture of Renee Hennessy's art portfolio


I also really like Renee’s painted glass work. Painted glass offers a different aesthetic from stained glass -- though similar, the painted glass carries darker, more saturated pigments, and allows for evidence of the artist’s hand, allowing Renee to create the forms of flower petals and other floral elements by strategically dragging a brush across the smooth glass surface.

A necklace made with a fused glass cross pendantFused Glass Mint Green Cross with Necklace

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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