Isle of Apples Earrings - Long
Flame worked glass beads with floral murrine and 24K gold leaf on sterling silver posts and ear wires. Handmade and annealed in a kiln for strength and durability. The beads are semi-transparent and come in five variants!
Hand-formed glass, 24k gold, sterling silver
Bead diameter: approximately 1.5 cm, earring length: 5 cm
Natalie Borghese is a Canadian glass artist. Formerly a practicing architect, she began working with glass in 2015. This collection of flame-worked beads is inspired by the flowering apple trees in her garden and explores ideas of lightness and liminality. Handmade using soft glass and 24K gold leaf, she approaches each bead like a watercolour painting, layering washes of transparent colour, delicate floral murrine, and fragments of gold to create little worlds of shimmering light.
Winner of the Glass Beadmakers UK Newcomer Award (2017), her work is featured in The Flow Magazine’s Nature Gallery (Spring 2018); The Flow Magazine’s 14th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass (Winter 2018); and, GBUK Flame Magazine (January 2019).