flameworked soda lime glass with a smooth, polished surface and carved details; hand forged and textured sterling silver bezel settings with rivets; sterling silver ear wires.
4 x 1.8 x 0.5cm
The Agate Series is inspired by natural agates, fractured and worn down by the waves and sand, and found, hidden among the rocks along the shores of Lake Superior. This work is an exploration of organic forms and light, and ideas about fragility and impermanence. Using traditional flameworking techniques, Natalie crafts each piece from molten soda lime glass, by layering opaque, translucent and transparent colours on a steel mandrel or punty to create rich, complex patterns. Coldworked to create smooth or carved surfaces and set in hand forged precious metal settings, she strives to create tactile pieces that hold light and fill the imagination with colour.
Natalie Borghese is a Canadian glass artist who works from her studio in Ottawa, Ontario, creating flameworked glass beads and jewellery.
Formerly a practicing architect, she has always had a love of art history, craft and making. Over the years she has studied ceramics and metalworking, and in 2015, chance led her to flameworking and a new path as a glass artist. She has won the Newcomer Bead Award from Glass Beadmakers UK at Flame Off 2017 (England), and her work has appeared in The Flow Magazine’s Nature Gallery (Spring 2018; 2020); The Flow Magazine’s 14th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass (Winter 2018; 2019); and, Glass Beadmakers UK Flame Magazine (January 2019).