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Published August 4th 2014
Exquisite jewellery you deserve
Having undertaken a mosaic glass class some years back, I realised that working with glass was not as easy as one might think and after many cuts to my fingers and hands, I decided this craft was not for me. However, there is one very talented lady who has mastered her own unique glass craft and her name is Jenny Chong. Jenny owns The Glass Castle, which is situated at the top end of Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain.
The Glass Castle has been open since December 2012; however Jenny's beginnings started much earlier as an artist from the Gold Coast, painting with oil as her medium. Although many have followed in her footsteps, Jenny is the original designer of dichroic glass jewellery on Tamborine Mountain. Her policy is that each piece of jewellery should be able to be worn with more than one colour or outfit and this is certainly depicted in the colour placement of glass fusions in each item. No two pieces are identical and it is very hard to make a choice in the first place from the numerous varieties on display and don't think Jenny's creations are just for women, she has created beautiful cuff links, a set of which my brother wears with his business shirt.
Wikipedia states that Dichroic glass is the term used to describe two completely different types of glass which undergo a colour change in certain lighting conditions. One material is a modern composite non-translucent glass that is produced by stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides, which give the glass shifting colours depending on the angle of view causing an array of colours to be displayed.
Jenny's creative ability has enabled her to produce other items such as home wares, stained glass window tiles, table pieces, platters, clocks and wall art. If you have a design in mind, Jenny is easily able to create that for you.
In the latter part of 2013 Jenny travelled to the United States where she received several awards in recognition of her work with dichroic glass. Whilst there she had the opportunity of being shown the latest in dichroic glass patterns and products before they were released. She was also invited to spend the day with a renowned glass artist whose work is sold exclusively in galleries and museums in the States. She also learned new skills in glass and kiln firing and secured the right to sell this range of exclusive glass products in her gallery, The Glass Castle.
The magnificant Glass Scarecrow created by Jenny Chong for the Annual Mountain Scarecrow Festival
Tamborine Mountain holds a Mountain Scarecrow Festival each year in October and Jenny produced a glass scarecrow for the Festival. Every piece of glass in the scarecrow was cut by hand and fired in a kiln before being repositioned onto a 6 mm toughened glass base. This very detailed mosaic glass scarecrow is now an iconic attraction at the front door of her gallery.
Designs inspired by Jenny's heritage such as the fan
Many of Jenny's designs are inspired from her heritage such as the fan, etched tree and dragon fly designs. Jenny also now shares a gallery, called CUBE Gallery with well-known Gold Coast Master Glass Artisan Ken Bartlett. The gallery is open by appointment.
You could be lucky enough to win a piece of this exquisite jewellery
Exciting news is that The Glass Castle is opening its on-line store mid-September and in conjunction with this exciting new venture, Jenny is asking people to log onto her Facebook Site and comment with the chance of being chosen the lucky winner to have a private one-on-one colour consultant and Jenny creating the winner's pendant. This is definitely something to look out for and not to be missed.
Truly, Jenny's pieces are unique and you will not find anything like them anywhere else. As Tamborine Mountain is just over an hour drive from Brisbane, visiting The Glass Castle is well within a weekend's getaway and an unforgettable shopping experience.