• Sun, May 31 2009

Artist Interview – Kyra Crilly of GhostShip

I had the opportunity to interview Kyra Crilly from the Ghost Ship  jewelry at Etsy. I found her shop on Friday and I fell in love with her work. Each piece has this romantic feel – in part from the vintage sea glass itself, which is frosty and beautiful and rare, but also the settings are delicate, with accents of pearl and silver filigree .

Kyra is new to the glass and has only been operating her shop for a couple of months. She wrote a piece about working with the glass, called The Art and Meditation of Drilling Sea Glassthat you can read at Etsy.  Please look at a few examples of her work below and then read Part One of her interview. I’ll share Part Two, along with agorgeous commissioned piece of Kyra’s work with you tomorrow.

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Fisherman’s Treasure
$27.00

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Lobster Trap
$27.00

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Ice Caps
$18.00

PBN: How did you get started with the sea glass?

Kyra: At work one day a few months ago, a colleague showed me a beautiful sea glass bracelet she had made for herself. I had never seen sea glass before, and I immediately fell in love with the frosty gems. Shortly thereafter, I had some kind of epiphany of wanting to start my own jewelry line, and GhostShip was immediately born.

I started to collect sea glass from my local beach, and was amazed that I had never noticed these found treasures before. Before I knew it, I had beach combed some really rare pieces – pieces from vintage blue coke bottles, beautiful opaque vintage milk glass and even those that came from Depression glass in the 1930′s.

I loved the history behind each piece, and the romance and mystery of wondering where they came from and who used it and for what purpose – an old apothecary jar, a filigree perfume bottle stopper, an ornate vase that may have sat in someones dining room table in the last century.

I was so inspired that literally within a month’s time, I designed the entire GhostShip line and opened up my shop on Etsy.
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Thank you, Kyra! Check back tomorrow for Part Two of Kyra’s interview.

Image credit: GhostShipshop at Etsy.com

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