Carol Silrum Pendant

Artist statement

I grew up in a family of glass collectors. Though most of what they collected was early depression-era glass and the colored glass insulators of bygone days, it instilled in me a fascination with the translucent beauty of glass. 

My own work with this medium began one day in early 1999 while I was working Carol Silrumon a copper horse sculpture. Wanting to add some elements of color, I paid a visit to a gem show in Del Mar. There I happened to meet one of the pioneers of dichroic glasswork, Cay Dickey. That meeting marked the beginning of my journey into jewelry making. Cay took me under her wing, became my mentor and dear friend, and introduced me to the alluring world of dichroic glass. She also introduced me to Scott Omori, a guitar maker by trade, and a gifted silversmith whom I have studied and collaborated with ever since. 

The exquisite interplay of color and light, the delicate shifting colors that play upon each other, creating textures and patterns of light – these are myCarol Silrum “paintbrushes.” I use these light textures, layer upon layer, to create depth and contrast in each piece. Setting the finished glass cabochons in sterling seems to capture the light reflections and enhance the effect, producing an even more radiant, rainbow-like brilliance.  

To me, there is something magical, almost mystical, about that visual symphony of light, a reminder perhaps of the beauty that flows through the Universe, embracing and connecting us all.








Copyright © 2017 Carol Silrum. All rights reserved. A complete line of handcrafted dichroic glass jewelry, bezel set in sterling silver: pendants, earrings, bracelets & brooches, including dichroic glass crosses, hearts, stars, jellyfish & other designs.