LuminousGifts.com was created in January 2004 by Alane Fieldson to sell the glass work of her mother Marian Fieldson and her sister Amalie Dorn.
Marian Fieldson Big Island artist Marian Fieldson has been working with glass for well over 20 years. She first began working at glass blowing, or lampworking, and has since expanded her glass work to fused glass. Many of Marian's plates are themed on the environment around her, featuring colors and textures of the Big Island of Hawaii. She also makes beautiful earrings and pendants which are available on this site as well as in select stores and gallery gift shops in Hawaii.
Amalie Dorn has been designing unique glass jewelry since she was 7 years old. She grew up helping her mother with the family glass sculpting business called Flamework Glass. With the support of her young family in New Mexico she started her own glass fusing business called Fireworks by Amalie in 2003. Fireworks is Amalie's unique signature piece, available to purchase online at this website as well as select gift shops throughout New Mexico.
Fused Glass: Fused glass is made by arranging pieces of plate glass, glass stringers and frit (ground glass) and heating them in them in a high temperature kiln until they bond together. This produces a flat plate of glass. The flat plate can then be slumped (placed onto a forming mold and heated at a lower temperature so that it assumes the form of the mold - a bowl for example).
Dichroic Glass: Dichroic (pronounced 'die-crow-ick') glass is made from a series of thin layers of titanium, silicon, and magnesium. Thin layers of these metal oxides are deposited upon the surface of the glass in a high temperature, vacuum furnace to produce a variety of unique finishes. Originally, the main applications for dichroic material were laser, medical, and photographic because of its ability to reflect intense light without producing glare. In the early 1990s, dichroic glass found its way into glass artists' arsenals and can be found today in beads, plates, vases and many other fused or lampworked items.