I first saw Elizabeth Johnson's work several years ago, and fell in love with her stunning berry jewelry. I wanted to write a little piece on it, because I find myself returning to stare at it again and again as she grows her collection. As someone who collects glass and appreciates its qualities, I am so impressed with her understanding and sensitive handling of the medium.
One of the first things I purchased was a pair of perfect blueberry earrings. The surface is exactly like that of a blueberry, only better.
My second purchase was this amazing raspberry, shockingly realistic, combined with olive-green crystals. But personally, I think her tour de force is her gooseberries. They are unbelievable, with seeds visible within.
Elizabeth creates all these miniature glass sculptures in her flameworking studio in Colorado. She says, "My work in glass is an attempt to capture parts of the miniature worlds present in nature, and to freeze them in time so that they can be held in the hands, observed closely, and enjoyed over and over again." Her work has appeared in galleries all over the country, and has been featured on the cover of Glass Craftsman Magazine.
As she is diving more and more into custom work (yes, you can work with her to create your own berry creation), some of her creations boggle the mind for their delicate beauty.
Please visit Elizabeth's website to see all her jewelry or to place orders. I can't stop looking!