One of the things I love about New Country Spirit is collaborating with incredible artists like Amber Higgins...a self-taught glass artist who has been perfecting her craft since the early 1990s. Working with Amber has been such a rewarding experience and I am thrilled to bring you my new line of All Heart Belt and Boot Charms that feature her Murano glass beads and hearts.
When I visited Amber's studio, I watched as she sat behind her torch and was amazed at how she was able to use fire (a process known as Lampworking) to delicately bring out all the beautiful, rich colours of the glass to create one-of-a-kind pieces for New Country Spirit.
When you watch Amber work, it's easy to see that turning glass into works of art is her passion. Amber tells me that after enrolling in a full time jewellery arts program, she came across an article in an arts magazine and instantly knew that she had to try her hand at glass artistry. As Amber says, "I ordered a torch, a sample pack of glass...and 20 years later...here I am!
I can only imagine how much courage, faith and spirit it took her to launch a new career as a glass artist AND launch a new business that is her livelihood. Her work is exhibited in galleries and shops locally and around the world. I am thrilled to be working with Amber - she is truly one-of-a-kind and her craft sincerely comes from her heart. Hope you love her work as much as I do.