Products for a Cause (by Claire Patterson)

Seven studios donate a piece of the pie to charity: Why would artists give hard-earned profits to charity? To fuel their passions, of course! We’ve gathered a group of artists who not only produce inspired work, but also donate to causes near to their hearts. Cheryl Klock McNeill has dabbled in the arts since childhood, but spent “a lifetime” in the “rough and tumble” world of politics, working on the campaigns of governors, congressmen and even presidential candidates. In dire need of inspiration, McNeill took on glass as a hobby. The same day she started,...

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Watch It! This Art Jewelry Tells Time (by Caitlin Flutz)

Watches may be a functional convenience for most of us, but for the fashion-conscious, it’s the jumping-off point for telling time and making a statement. In fact, the more funky and eye-catching they are, the better. These three discerning jewelry artists are only too happy to oblige. Linda Shull’s work incorporates her own handmade fused dichroic art glass with sterling silver in whimsical patterns to create her watches. She uses the kinetic qualities of the glass to create depth, movement and intensity. Worn loose to look like bracelets, she says the pieces are designed...

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Having the Time of Her Life (by Pat Worrell)

Wearing Linda Shull’s line of jewelry is like an endless Mardi Gras! Linda Shull’s path to becoming an independent glass artist could be characterized as a second career. What has remained constant in her life is her love of jewelry. As a toddler, she remembers loving bracelets, rings and things. During her first’ career as a designer of retail stores and commercial spaces, she collected jewelry, especially vintage pieces. “I did a lot of reading on the history of pieces in my collection,” Shull says. “I had ideas about things I wanted to make, but no time...

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Power to the People (from Lapidary Magazine)

Linda Shull’s People Pins are bright, engaging…and purposeful. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, Shull turned her pain and anxiety into something positive and empowering: a collection of glass-and-metal creations that turn the head while lifting the spirits. And Shull’s creations sparked even more creativity – wanting to add to their versatility, she first explored metalsmithing, and then started experimenting with kiln-formed glass. The result of her playing with purpose are a wonderful amalgam of beads, fused glass, and metal, which Shull creates to...

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