In 2002, a friend took me to a glass studio in Brooklyn, NY for a bead show and I was hooked. I couldn’t believe what the glass blowers were doing with a ball of molten sludge. I started with classes in lamp working in 2003.  However, lighting a torch in a small apartment in NYC was a bit scary and I quickly switched to fusing. I started with color layering and putting metal into the glass, but my love for creatures and nature had to be addressed. I started by using recycled glass powder to make the animal silhouettes, and then added lead free decals to allow for a smaller and more detailed images. The focus for me personally has been to be able to express myself artistically while being conscience that the work is as eco-friendly as possible. Luckily, glass itself is made from naturally occurring elements from the earth like silica, sand and lime stone. Now 15 years later, I have been able to learn new techniques to refine printing my images using recycle glass powder. I also reuse all scraps in various designs and use recycled sterling silver wire in my work. All printing is done on 100% post consumer recycled card stock and paper. All of the pieces are package inside recycle fabric bags made by my mom, Polly. The current line includes 3” x 3” and 5” x 5” plates, night lights, chopstick rests and necklaces. All necklaces are corded with a high quality ultrasuede cord (faux suede). They are washable and adjustable when tied in a bow. 

Custom orders are also welcome.

Lisa Ann Sparks

Eco-friendly glass art inspired by

animals, nature and the universe.