During my short time on the Vandalia Cultural Arts Committee, I met Guustie Alvarado, a glass artist living in Vandalia, Ohio.  She makes beautiful glass jewelry and artwork and sells it at fairs and festivals around the Greater Dayton Area.

When I met Guustie, she was actually creating some new pieces by using a blow torch to heat colored glass rods she had previously made in her studio.  When a bit dropped off, she would cut it loose and drop it into a special material to allow it to cool for several hours.  The whole ordeal was hypnotic.

Here are some of the pieces that I wear several times a week – made by Guustie:

When asked about her jewelry, Guustie explains that what she creates is formed by heat and gravity – natural forces.  Her one-of-a-kind pieces would make great gifts for fans of physics or anyone else for that matter.

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