About Us

Katy Pattison & Valerie McGill
Calgary artist Katy Pattison has always been fascinated with glass and has been working with it for over 25 years. Her desire to learn more about glass led Katy to the ever-changing world of glass fusing. Katy joined forces with Valerie McGill in May 1997 and formed Opalescence. Their jewellery can be found in gift stores across Canada and parts of the United States.

A kiln and dichroic glass are used to make the jewellery. Dichroic glass is glass that has two colours, transmitted and reflected. This glass coating process was originally developed for the space industry for use in microchips. It is achieved by applying multiple, micro-thin layers of different metals (titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, magnesium, or silicon) to the surface of glass. Certain wavelengths of light are allowed to pass through or be reflected causing the array of colours you see.

Once fused, the jewellery is ground to shape, fire polished, and finally wrapped with sterling wire or set in a beautiful sterling setting. The results are stunning and always different. Due to the nature of fusing you will never find two pieces that are exactly alike. Choices are endless.

 


 

Gary Honig
G.D. Honig is a metal artist living and working in Calgary, Canada. He specializes in one-of-a-kind small metal objects in silver and gold. His designs combine elements of the natural world with a machine aesthetic. The work is in a constant state of flux.

Gary received his Bachelor of Fine Art with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997 and has since been creating unique objects from his 17th Ave studio.