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Houston Llew adapts what he calls life’s “aha” moments to his Spiritiles. They depict everything from your favorite ice cream flavors stacked on a cone to a walk on the beach or a roller coaster ride—each with a perfectly paired quote. “Ms.,” for example, depicts bright red heels and repeats Marilyn Monroe’s famous words, “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” And “Aloft” quotes Hodding Carter, “to our children we give two things—one is roots, the other is wings,” shown with an image of birds in flight.

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Anika Smulovitz

Anika Smulovitz is captivated by the “non-neutrality of materials, the concept of aura, issues of adornment and the body.” Her work is designed to confront concepts like power, beauty, religion and cultural values.

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Kristin Perkins

Kristin Perkins of Kristin Perkins Glass Jewelry in Ypsilanti, Mich., fell in love with jewelry in high school in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 1999 that she found her artistic direction. “My dad purchased glassblowing lessons for me for my birthday,” she says. “I immediately fell in love with molten glass.”

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Lone Tree Studio

"The first moment I worked with molten glass, I was hooked,” says Kim Edwards of Lone Tree Studio in Bloomery, W.Va. She uses glass in much the same way a jeweler uses metal wire—painstakingly looping one glass circle with another. Metal wire patterns now provide endless inspiration when Edwards is designing her newest necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The work is delicate and hangs beautifully, mimicking chain mail in everything but weight. Click below to hear her story.

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