Hi, I’m Kristy!

I invite you to step into my world of enchanting glass jewellery, where every piece tells a story of passion, creativity, and craftsmanship. I’m the artisan behind each unique creation you will find here.

Based in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago, Kristy Johnson Designs Ltd a labor of love, and I take pride in being a woman-owned small business,  specializing in handmade fused glass jewellery and home decor.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

– PABLO PICASSO

For me, glass fusing isn’t just a craft—it’s a symphony of colour, light and imagination. From the moment I cut those first sheets of glass, I knew I had found my calling. After an initial glass fusing class in 2014, I’ve taught myself through trial and error. Experimenting constantly with various techniques, I continue to learn through hours of independent research and various online forums created for glass artists.

What fascinates me most about glass fusing is its endless possibilities. There are so many applications to this art form and with a willingness to experiment, I’m only limited by my imagination. With each piece, I’m not just creating jewellery or decor—I’m sculpting moments of beauty that capture the essence of my creative spirit. Whether it’s a vibrant pendant catching the sunlight or a delicately crafted bowl adorning your table, every creation is infused with a piece of my soul.

Creating fused glass is a meticulous process, each piece is carefully cut, stacked and kiln fired, often returning to the kiln multiple times to achieve the desired effect before it is complete. But it’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about sustainability too. I strive to minimize waste, often turning what others might discard into stunning pieces of art.

Safety is paramount in my studio, with every precaution taken to ensure a secure working environment. From high-quality safety gear to strict protocols, I prioritize the well-being of myself and my team, ensuring that every piece is crafted with care and attention to detail.

Every piece tells a story, and my greatest joy is sharing those stories with you.

Welcome to my world of fused glass, where beauty knows no bounds and imagination reigns supreme.

Thank you for joining me on this artistic journey.

FAQs

Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C to 816 °C. Multiple firings are required to create a finished product, so pieces can take many days to complete. We fire in the kilns, first to melt the glass into the desired design, and then fire again to form the glass, by either slumping into a mould, or draping the glass over a mould. These techniques can be applied to one single glass piece in separate firings to add depth, relief and shape.

I hand-cut all the glass from sheets of transparent or opaque glass. The glass is stacked 2 or more layers thick to form a pattern. A design layer is added to the top using cut glass, ground glass (frit), stringers, and confetti just to name a few. The pieces are then fired slowly to temperatures ranging from 650-800ºC in a kiln.

My art is a way to express my attitude, feelings and thoughts.
It is a process and a product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. For me, fused glass is a medium that provides an inexhaustible source of creative possibilities through the combination of colours, textures and techniques.

I have always felt the need to create. Whether I was drawing, painting or sculpting, the creative urge has been second nature to me since childhood.  But Nothing has inspired me more creatively than working with glass. The fluidity, translucency and colours of glass completely fascinate me.

I am mostly a self-taught artist, having dabbled in various media through the years, including raku pottery, clay mosaic and precious metal design, all of which have influenced the way I work with glass in my studio. When the family business was sold, I seized the opportunity to begin my creative journey, which eventually led me to take classes on the basics of fusing glass.

My ideas come from nature and are simply intuitive from life experiences. Inspiration for my glass art is all around me, especially as I live on an island. Bright beachy ocean hues such as turquoise blues, emerald greens, pearly pinks and fiery oranges bring my artistic vision to the glass “canvas”.

The translucent nature of glass acts as a host for an infinite palette of colours. Everyday light-play can enhance a finished piece simply by adding an ethereal, glistening beauty that is not seen in other media.