Unique Handmade Fused Glass Jewelry & Accessories
About the Artist – Carolyn Foster
Carolyn Foster is an artist and jewelry entrepreneur. A native of the Connecticut shoreline, she is motivated by the light, colors and peaceful reflections of nature.
Drawn to the French Impressionist Movement, Carolyn is inspired by the peace, balance and harmony of their canvases. She interprets this form of art into her one-of-a-kind pieces by creating fused glass art jewelry and natural, semiprecious and precious stone creations. As such her jewelry captures the soft palate of the Impressionist movement.
A graduate of the renowned Rittner’s School of Floral Design in Boston, Carolyn utilizes her expertise from creating arrangements of balance and flow to determine the fluidity of her individual designs.
These elements of her design philosophy combine to offer you a unique fashion accessory. Carolyn’s ultimate goal is for the owners of her artistic pieces to experience the peace and harmony of life through the wearing of her jewelry.
About Dichroic Glass
Dichroic glass is glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions.
One dichroic material is a modern composite non-translucent glass that is produced by stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view, causing an array of colors to be displayed as an example of thin-film optics. The resulting glass is used for decorative purposes such as stained glass, jewelry and other forms of glass art. The commercial title of “dichroic” can also display three or more colors (trichroic or pleochroic) and even iridescence in some cases. The term dichroic is used more precisely when labeling interference filters for laboratory use.
Modern dichroic glass is available as a result of materials research carried out by NASA and its contractors, who developed it for use in dichroic filters. However, color changing glass dates back to at least the 4th century AD, though only a very few pieces, mostly fragments, survive. It was also made in the Renaissance in Venice and by imitators elsewhere; these pieces are also rare.
A plate of dichroic glass can be fused with other glass in multiple firings. Due to variations in the firing process, individual results can never be exactly predicted, so each piece of fused dichroic glass is unique.