About Me


Contina – Owner, Artisan, Designer, Photographer, and Shipper

Like a magpie, I’m drawn to all things that sparkle. With my background in stained glass… jewelry just happened and I’ve been hooked ever since. My preference is clean lines, lending more to a straightforward and simple design. Besides nature’s offerings found on my many walks, (wildflowers, moss, dandelion seeds) I also incorporate vintage findings, real feathers, broken china and more recently magnifying glass monocles, hand fired ceramic pieces and leather. I strive to make unique and conversational jewelry.

The “Tiffany” method of applying copper foil and solder is the process I use in making my jewelry. There is an industrial feel to both the look and feel of my jewelry. I use the highest quality metal sensitive friendly silver solder (no nickel, no lead). Silver or gold plated brass are my jewelry findings of choice and my packaging is thoughtful and secure to assure your purchases arrive safely.

Before & After

Before & After

Custom work is at the core. Creating unique mementos or keepsakes with a personal touch, not duplicated or manufactured. I enjoy knowing my customers and working with them to create the perfect gift for either themselves or others. This personal touch and making certain the experience is a pleasant one, this matters to me. This personal touch and making certain the experience is a pleasant one, this matters to me. You can find recent reviews from prior customers here: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/BayouGlassArts/reviews?ref=shop_info

My husband is a professional illustrator and journal maker. We live and work deep in the Louisiana woods. Our old farm house is miles from any neighbor and is surrounded by piney woods. An ancient and alluvial bayou laps at the yard’s edge. Our home and studios are in the midst of all this nature and its sweeping forms of sounds, sights and energy. I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else.

My leatherwork began as a compliment to my husband’s artisanship of truly fine leather bound journals. You can find his beautiful leather journals here on Etsy at NewSouthBooks and his commissioned art work on his webpage, www.studioofvisualarts.com . Besides our online shops, we exhibit at several juried art shows and festivals throughout the year.

I believe in handmade. I buy handmade and vintage whenever I can and truly feel that by supporting one another we create our own micro-economy of better quality and entrepreneurship.