Suzanne J. Quincey
For over 15 years, I have been creating sculptures, sun-catchers, and wind chimes out of recycled glassware and pottery. The original concept (saucers with dangles) evolved out of many family dinners where input from my parents and my brother’s family gave me ideas on what was out there in the craft industry, and what was not. Our past in the antique business gave me lots of material to play with. Another 7 years of running Accounting departments for machine shops (a very innovative line of business) taught me how to drill many different materials and research sourcing for equipment, tools, and products needed in producing my chimes. Armed with a unique product and an unusual skill, I proceeded to introduce the saucer wind chime to the Arizona public at local arts and craft shows. They were an immediate hit. People had never seen drilled glass put to such a use.
My customers started asking for colors I did not have. About the same time, my father commented over a Sunday dinner, “it’s too bad you can’t use bottles”. This led to the introduction of more colors, and ultimately to the variety of shapes and selection that now overflows my stall.
Each item is marked, drilled, and constructed from a vast selection of recycled glassware and pottery. Hand-made dangles are created from stain glass and attached with very strong, but thin metal wire. The wire is covered with seed beads and swarski crystal, giving the product a finished appearance. An assortment of items in a range of prices ($12 to $200) is presented for the different tastes and budgets of my customers.