Glass blowing (sculpting intricate art objects using a technique called blown glass, or lampworking), requires a creative soul coupled with a skilled hand. The creative soul comes up with unique ideas for beautiful glass art; the skilled hand is needed to form those ideas into reality using the flame of a white-hot torch, while not getting burned in the process!
Kristen Pickett has such a soul and possesses such a hand, and her shop - Gypsea Glass on Jekyll Island - is full to bursting with the results of her craft. Uniquely wonderful glass treasures, glowing with the warmth of color and bejeweled with precious metals and gems, adorn every nook and cranny.
Kristen is an old hand at lampworking. She's been doing it for around twenty-five years, perfecting her glass blowing chops at "The Lost Art", an artist's co-op. She now spends her time hopping between Gypsea Glass and a second studio in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Glass Blowing at Gypsea Glass -
Gypsea Glass is located in a historic, re-purposed building within Jekyll Island's Historic District. It sits on Pier Road, alongside other quaint Jekyll Island shops.
Kristen and Eddie Pickett at Gypsea Glass
Step inside for a visit. Blown glass artistry is of necessity "hands-on", so Kristen is usually in the shop. You'll most likely be greeted warmly by the artist herself, or maybe her husband, musician Eddie Pickett.
Their shop is lined with glass cases filled with glass globes, beadwork, ornaments, cupid and mermaid figurines, and much more. You'll see evidence of Jekyll Island's "tropical ambiance" influencing much of Kristen's work in the fanciful sea turtle figures on display.
Gypsea Glass also carries the works of fellow artists.
If you can't find what your heart desires within the bounty of goods displayed in the shop, you can commission a one-of-a-kind piece. Kristen will be glad to mold your idea into a hand blown glass masterpiece.
She also offers gift certificates and a gift registry service for folks planning weddings or other occasions.
You can contact Kristen and Gypsea Glass at 912-635-9797.
And after purchasing your special blown glass treasure, treat yourself to a musical interlude. Drop in at Zachry's Riverhouse, the Wee Pub or The Jekyll Island Wharf where, along with chowing down on some great seafood, you can "get down" to the music of Eddie and the Wharf Ratz!