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.  I also reuse all scraps in various designs and use recycled sterling silver wire and powder from my work and other artists.  The images you see in the decal pieces are made with carbon decals.  When all the organic material burns off, what you are left with is iron oxide, rust.   I have recently added a line of recycled glass pieces.  They are made with an abstract shaped piece of recycled glass, layered with recycled glass powder and the decals.  All printing is done on 100% post consumer recycled card stock and paper.  The jewelry pouches are made out of recycled fabric and unbleached organic cotton yarn.  The current line includes necklaces, earrings, rings, belt buckles, cufflinks, and plates.  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.