Amber and Gold Disc Pendant
Made by Maggie Napier
Amber and 24ct gold leaf disc pendant handmade by Maggie Napier in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
The glass disc is carefully wound in the torch flame and burnished with light-catching 24k gold leaf before being kiln annealed for durability and strung on 14K gold fill chain.
Measurements: disc is approx. 2cm in diameter (though as it’s handmade please allow for some variation). Chain is 41cm long.
About the maker:
Maggie Napier is a glass artist based in Co.Down, N. Ireland. She has over 15 years of practice and research, experimenting and creating art glass beads and unique jewellery using the highest quality Italian and American glass. Between graduating with a degree in Design and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Art she lived in Rome where an interest in ancient glass, archaeology and ornamentation evolved. This curiosity, the acquiring of her first flamework torch in 2005 and years of experimenting with molten glass led to the creation of Glassistudio. Her work is in the collection of The Arts Council of N.Ireland and she’s been the recipient of ACNI artist funding.
Maggie uses a process known as ‘Lampwork’ or ‘Flamework’ as she individually creates unique glass pieces. This entails melting, wrapping and sculpting rods of glass, usually around a steel core, to form a bead or small sculpture. The glass can be light reflective or etched, transparent or opaque, colourful or subtly monochrome . Each piece is made with focus and attention to detail before combining with other materials to create a wearable piece of glass art.