Featured Artist - Meirah Brezner

Introducing Meirah Brezner. She is an artist who specializes in glass. She makes everything from jewelry to mosaics and stained glass. The colors and form of her glass work are absolutely amazing!

Don’t miss Meirah's Etsy shop, Home for Glass Lovers. It's filled with some stunning pieces of work.

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Meirah Brezner. I live in Kiriyat Tivon (it’s a small town near Haifa), Israel. I am married and have three children. We live in a house surrounded by a garden. Behind the house there is a steep valley and small hill that’s all covered with lot of trees and bushes. My studio room windows are looking at that view.

Artist Meirah Brezner fuses glass to create colorful, one of a kind jewelry What do you create?

I create in glass. I mostly make jewelry, but also mosaic, stained glass, and home décor items (plates and wall pieces) which are all made of painted and fused glass.

When did you realize your creative passion?

I always did crafts. I remember me as a child always doing something. I glued colorful threads on bottles, made pictures of seashells and/or trees branches, drew with water colors on paper and so on.

As an adult I studied art, to be an art teacher. I didn’t become an art teacher, however I enjoyed the studies very, very much. During and after the studies what I enjoyed the most was leather work, and needlepoint work. It was free form needlepoint, with no pre-designing, stitching with a flow of threads and stitches to achieve an interesting composition. It was really a very creative work, and held to my opinion the whole philosophy of being creative, finding /searching always for new ways, directions, colors combinations and interesting and unique compositions. It was a wonderful way to show my artistic skills.

Stained glass flower mosaic by artist Meirah Brezner I continued this needlepoint work after finishing my studies, and combined it with beads, drawing and paint. I was invited to make an art exhibition of these art works. After stitching beads, I continued to work with beads, and was beading a lot of jewelry.

Not working as a teacher, I started to work in purchasing, and my first job was in a glass factory in Haifa Bay that produced flat glass and glass bottles. In my free time I of course I continued to make crafts.

Some years ago my eyes fell on a newspaper ad for a three day workshop in glass fusing. I didn’t know what fusing was. I took that workshop, which gave the basics, and just fell in love with the technique, endless possibilities and the glass itself which is different from the clear window glass that everyone knows. It is special glass that can be fused, there are many colors, and some have patterns like waves of colors.

After this workshop, I started making fused glass, I also making glass beads, painting on glass, mosaic and now I am studying stained glass.
Artist Meirah Brezner fuses glass to create colorful, one of a kind jewelry

Artist Meirah Brezner fuses glass to create colorful, one of a kind jewelry What or who inspires you in your crafting and/or your life?

I think I get inspired by nature, trees, flowers and colors that surrounds us.

Why do you create? 

I have to create and cannot live without it. I just love it.

What other interests do you have? 

I love gardening, I like to plant seeds and watch them grow. I also collect seeds from trees, I have some trees which I grew from seeds. I also like walking by the beach, and collecting sea shells. I love sea shells. As a child I had quite a collection. Now I use them as a base or decoration for taking some of my jewelry pics! I love taking walks and seeing the beauty of nature, trees and flowers.
Artist Meirah Brezner fuses glass to create colorful, one of a kind jewelry

What are your favorite materials to work with? 

I love to work with glass of course, with all different techniques, fusing, painting, stained glass, and mosaic. What I like best is to combine techniques together. This way I can achieve real unique items. In jewelry I can combine painting on glass and fusing. On the lampshades I made I combined painting, fusing and stained glass. The finished product is one of a kind, and a unique item.

Is crafting a hobby, business, or something in between? 

I did crafts all my life as a hobby, dreaming that one day it would become a business. Now having a shop on Etsy, perhaps this dream can become real. I hope that the shop succeeds. Then in few years it will become a full time business.
Artist Meirah Brezner fuses glass to create colorful, one of a kind jewelry

What is a typical day for you? 

I wake up around 6 am, and around 7:15 drive to work. I work in an office. I come home around 6 pm, dinner, some arrangements and Etsy time. On Friday and Saturday I take the pics, because during the week it’s dark when I come home. So during the week I list, relist and make treasuries, read the Forum and look at other shops. I also try all the time to improve the shop as much as I can.

What projects are you the most proud of? 

I am especially proud of the stained glass lampshade I made. I painted clear glass and fused it, and then combined it to a lampshade. This is not common, as most people use purchased stained glass for the process, and don’t paint the glass themselves.
Stained glass lampshade by artist Meirah Brezner

Artist Meirah Brezner fuses glass to create colorful, one of a kind jewelry How do you deal with crafting failures? 

This is sad. I have a lot of pendants which did not come ok; pieces that moved not as meant in the kiln, items that came out crooked, combinations of colors which were a failure and so on. I keep all these items. I think I will make something from all of them together. It will be very colorful and interesting. Glass is a material that you don’t throw away. you can always cut it again and fuse it to get a new item. You can really use every piece, even the smallest.

What are your business or artistic goals for 2014? 

I want to make new items. My kiln now is full of new items ready to be fused. More ideas come all the time. Of course I want the shop to succeed, I want to make many sales so I will feel that I am on the right track, and that people like what I make. Beside money it’s a good feeling to know that people all over the world like what you create in your studio. I would also emphasize on promoting my shop and items as much as possible, this is also an important part of the shop.

Where do you do most of your crafting? 

First of all I do it in my head. Then physically I make the pieces in the studio. When the picture/idea in my head is clear, making the item doesn’t take long. However during working I might change, get another idea and make it. Many times one design leads to another. The more you create more and more ideas come.

Stay connected with Meirah:

Home for Glass Lovers on Etsy



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Featured Artist - Meirah Brezner
Featured Artist: Meirah Brezner - Her specialty is glass and she uses it to create everything from fused glass jewelry to stained glass and mosaic home decor pieces.
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