Renee Mendola, Silversmith
I have been making some sort of craft — stained glass, pottery, woodworking, since I graduated from college in 1973. I really love the natural world, ancient art, and animals, and began by expressing these loves in stained glass. I went from there to making stained glass wind chimes with beads, then to making my own beads, and then to making glass bead jewelry. Today I am making silver and gold jewelry, usually with gemstones, sometimes including my own lamp worked beads, but always trying to incorporate some aspect of nature, ancient art, or my love of animals in my work. I hope that my jewelry reinforces your connection to the natural world.