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Debra Adelson

"HLH Earrings" - Debra Adelson, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

"HLH Earrings" - Debra Adelson, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

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"HLH Earrings" - Debra Adelson, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson




glass, sterling silver, turquoise


2.25 x 1.5 each

Artist Statement

Debra Adelson blends jewelry making, glass cold-working, & lapidary skills to create luminous color-shifting designs. The glass technique she uses is called 'cold-working' & is similar to lapidary (cutting gemstones). In her process, she sculpts solid glass while at room temperature, submerging in water to keep it cool. At no point in her process is the glass liquid or pressed into a mold.

To begin, she formulates the color by laminating several sheets of colored glass to a thicker block of optical glass. She then cuts the resulting slab with a wet diamond saw & sculpts it using flat-lap wheels or a slow spinning, water-fed lathe which grinds the glass with stone wheels or carbide grit. Debra hand-constructs the settings out of sterling silver or gold using jewelry making techniques that include sawing, raising, forging, soldering, and stone-setting. Using a combination of traditional and experimental techniques allows Debra to push the boundaries of her materials in ever evolving ways. Her goal is to use color, light, reflections, & shadows to convey a feeling of depth and movement in every piece.

Artist bio:
Debra Adelson is a contemporary studio jewelry artist from Collingswood, NJ. Debra earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art with a degree in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. Her current body of work combines glass making, jewelry, and lapidary techniques. Debra has exhibited her award-winning work for over 25 years in major national juried art shows and as well as in galleries and museum shops including the National Museum for Women in the Arts, The National Portrait Gallery, and Corning Museum of Glass and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC.

In 2023, Debra received a prestigious fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Debra is the co-founder/curator of Her work has appeared in numerous publications, and she is the author of the book ‘The Art of Jewelry, Plastic & Resin”, published by Lark Books in 2008.

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