About Debra Adelson
I utilize a mix of three elements: glass, precious metals & gemstones. Into each design, I incorporate the sense of nature as raw and wild yet modified and restrained. My work is an exploration of the interplay between man and nature. I am intrigued by our ability to both value its beauty while our actions impact its natural systems. My technique involves the centuries old process of cold working the glass which does not use heat, but rather, water to keep the glass cool while I manipulate it using techniques such as grinding, drilling, cutting, and sandblasting. I sketch my idea, then engrave the glass with stone and diamond wheels. I polish specific parts of the surface to bring forth the desired light, shadows and reflection. I highlight the contrast of refined gems mixed with rough minerals, which I cut myself. Once I construct the sterling elements, I carve back into the glass so that all of my elements are completely integrated into my designs.