Sick of buying a piece of jewellery from a shop and then seeing others wearing the exact same piece you have? Sick of the same generic jewellery, mass produced by big companies, over and over? This is where Glass Lightly can help you out - being a one-(wo)man business, with each piece handmade by the talented Carolyn Dominish, you can rest assured knowing that you will be the only one in the world with that exact piece of jewellery.
Some of Glass Lightly's line, each piece handmade by Carolyn.
Carolyn founded Glass Lightly in 2013 after a long career, 22 years to be exact, of teaching. When I asked why she decided to move into the arts business, Carolyn explained that she had a creative itch that she just needed to get rid of somehow! With her line ranging from bookmarks to keyrings, and necklaces to rings (just to name a few), she sure is doing a good job of channelling her creative energy into tangible products.
Intricate glass vial necklaces, with some of the smallest paper cranes I've ever seen.
You can see from the photos that Glass Lightly's product line encompasses a wide range of themes; Carolyn isn't afraid to experiment and try out new designs. For those looking for something extra personal, Carolyn is also happy to customise items at no extra cost; whether it be your favourite artist or animal. Just to reiterate - Carolyn is happy to customise items at no extra cost! Prices are more than reasonable, with items ranging from $2.00 to $15.00.
Glass Lightly's product line can be purchased 24/7 through Carolyn's Etsy shop, or through contacting Carolyn on Glass Lightly's Facebook page. Carolyn ships both locally and internationally, with local postage fees being only $2.00. International shipping fees will of course, depend on the destination, but is negotiable. Although a chain or silk cord (your choice) is included in the price of any pendants advertised, additional chains and/or silk cords can also be purchased separately at $3.00.
Carolyn also takes Glass Lightly's products to some markets, although not on a regular basis. For updates as to where you can next catch Glass Lightly at a market in Brisbane, follow them on their Facebook page! Previous markets that Glass Lightly was selling at include: Black Cat Halloween Market (where I met Carolyn), Bardon Community Market, the Collingwood Park State School market, and the Bean 2 Bead Bazaar (sadly cancelled until further notice). Potential markets that Carolyn is considering for Glass Lightly are the Mitchie Makers Markets and the Suitcase Rummage. As mentioned, stay tuned for updates on their Facebook page, as, in Carolyn's words, Glass Lightly's "wares look much more beautiful in real life" - a statement I completely agree with! The beauty and uniqueness of each piece is hard to capture in a single photograph; it is best viewed in different lights and from different angles.
Carolyn, the founder of Glass Lightly whom Eddy and I first met at the Black Cat Halloween Market, came up to say hello to us as she recognised us from WeekendNotes. Carolyn was super friendly and lovely to talk to, so if you do catch her at future markets, do go and say hello for a chat! She was also nice enough to gift us a beautiful glass ball penchant with a small dandelion inside, for which we can't thank her enough. We love it! Carolyn joked that Eddy could wear it "on very special occasions" - I thought our first meeting counted as one of those occasions, so I let Eddy wear it. It's just so beautiful, photos don't do the penchant justice.
The dandelion, a flower seen by some as both a pest and a weed, is a tough little one who can thrive in practically any condition. Dandelions have many meanings, but my favourite is dandelion as a symbol of surviving through all challenges and difficulties, because of how tough they are. The dandelion penchant that Carolyn gifted us also has a 'wish' charm on it, which reminded me of childhood memories when I blew on dandelions and before making a wish.
A better view of the dandelion inside the glass ball.
With the world becoming increasingly commercialised, and with an increasing number of design and manufacturing companies readily available to artists, it is so tempting to pay someone to help you speed up the process of making a piece of art, whether it be jewellery or sculptures, in addition to producing items on a larger scale. It's so tempting to just send your design to a manufacturing company and have them mass produced, rather than spend a significant amount of time and effort in producing them yourself. I've always advocated for supporting small, local businesses like Glass Lightly, in which just one artist is involved with every step of the journey, including the design, sourcing the necessary materials, manufacturing the items, marketing the items, and selling the items. The hard work put in behind each piece may not always be evident, but know that it is always there!
Cutest business cards - lots of different animals to choose from!
It was so lovely meeting you Carolyn, as well as finding out about Glass Lightly of course. Words can't express how much we love the dandelion glass penchant; thank you again. Hopefully Eddy and I will see you at the next market you attend!
Carolyn was camera shy, so I guess this photo will have to do!
Words fail me for once. A delightful review. I didn't realise you knew me so well. Glad you are experiencing the versatility of the Wish Orb, it does look super on Eddy. Onc again, thanks so much.