A glass art studio in Pittsburgh, PA
FIG Studios and Michael Mangiafico have developed a stunning line of jewelry and components. Inspired from the natural world, FIG has come up with various lines and styles, where each piece is unique. Jewelry categories include: EARRINGS, NECKLACES, BEADS, and PENDANTS. Take a look at The Winter Collection 2020 and consider acquiring a pair of earrings for yourself or as a gift.
The Genesis of FIG Earrings
In my attempt to learn how to fashion insects from glass. I employed the techniques used in my practice of making glass beads. Bringing about harmonious wings for said insects I birthed a multitude from which I could pick a proportionate set. With the prudent suggestion of a student I ended up putting loops on the remaining attempts at the wings, and my best selling items earrings were born. Later I figured from the practice of making matched earrings that I could do surgery to each wing to effectively find the symmetry. I find it ironic that producing beads informed my sculpted models which divined my pendant wing styled earrings, who’s practice forewarned the efficacy of my sculpting.
MORE FROM FIG STUDIOS
Insects are natures amazing creatures that fulfill our world and keep a delicate balance going within nature all around. FIG has spent many years developing his technique for building these delicate beings out of glass. The intricacy and attention to details are amazing. Take a look. DRAGONFLIES, BEES, SPIDERS and ANTS are his specialty.
A Series of studies made through the medium of glass.
“The Honey Pot Tea Set” Collaboration with Ed Pinto
Photo by Nathan J. Shaulis