Small World Gallery
A gallery. On Main Street. Small town. With roots around the world. Joy in connecting. Exploring, from here to there. In our lives -- and yours. "Delightful." We make our stuff. We write notes. We read books to children. Real People. Brick and Mortar.
One. Of. A. Kind.
Where do you get all those materials?
It’s a common question here at IBISwoman — and completely understandable. Visitors see our varied ready made jewelry. They peek into our workshop area behind the gallery’s main desk. Yeah, how *did* you get all these goodies?
I acknowledge our collection is, umm, unusual in its volume and breadth. We don’t sell our materials except as part of our designs. The large IBISwoman collection of working stock serves us well in responding to jewelry wishes and ideas from our clients. We often still have in stock materials from 10 years ago; that comes in mighty handy when trying to make a match for a lost favorite earring. (One of our best tricks, I must say.)
So answer the question, Kathy. Where?
“Without glass, the world would be unrecognizable.”
So wrote Douglas Main in his fascinating April 2018 piece for The Atlantic. From hair-thin glass strands that allow signals of light to move through undersea and underground cable to the rugged smart phones faces, glass of today is made in more than 350,000 formulas. Each has special optical or structural properties that make our world, well, recognizable.
In a passage that particularly caught my eye, the writer recounted that glass was a serious business in the Roman Empire. Several thousand years after glassmaking had been invented,