How It All Started
Well hello there! I am Courtney Gray, a glass artist living and creating in Northern California from my home studio. My love of glass began as a kid... I often went antique shopping with my family and was always drawn to glass ashtrays of the 1960’s. So, in my junior year of college when I saw a sign posted for a fused glass class, I signed up and a few years later and created grayc glass from my two-bedroom apartment.
What is Fused Glass?
Fused glass is separate pieces of glass melted together in a kiln at a high temperature, I normally fuse to 1400 degrees. Pieces melt in my kilns multiple times to achieve the perfect smooth edges and uniform shape. The melting process makes the glass pieces very strong. I am excited to have 2 assistants that now help me create these beautiful designs. We are truly innovating in the studio, now using a tile saw and lapidary grinder to combine colors and shape pendants into pieces the glass industry has never seen.
One of a Kind
When I am making something by hand, piece by piece, it is truly one of a kind. Everything I make is one of a kind, but at the same time, I pride myself on product consistency. Swirls, and bubbles make each piece unique, but you can be sure the piece you order will be even more beautiful than expected!
My work is fused glass; this simply means melted together- in a kiln. But grayc glass is so much more than just fused glass. Most of my pieces are melted two to three times to create the desired modern, clean-lined look I love and have become known for. My jewelry is often a combination of fused glass pendants as well as vintage charms, beading, and components. Some of my pendants are individually drilled through and my chains are often a compilation of two to three types of chain, beading, and vintage connectors. I love to incorporate other artists work into my jewelry, and a large % of my metal charms and components are made in the USA by other female artists.
The best part of grayc glass is that it enables me to be home with my 3 boys every day. Life is good. For press inquiries, please email me!