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verre is the french word for glass. every piece of jewelry is handmade by julie burton. she believes that simple is elegant and that less is more.
i really like glass. after a six week class in glass blowing at the rhode island school of design, i worked as a glass blower on a mountain in tennessee before moving to new york to pursue my passion for glass at the public studio urban glass. once there i decided that i wasn't interested in production glass (i like my table top items to be more natural and less rigid), and tired of tutoring kids, i recieved a fortuitous 5 minute lesson in lampworking. with a ba from berkeley in political science and training as an illustrator from the rhode island school of design, i take my inspiration wherever and whenever i can get it. although i do not like jewelry and have no background in the art, i decided that being a jewelry designer was the perfect career move! in 1999 i began making jewelry with another designer under the name verre newyork and in 2012, we decided to split to pursue our own ventures. and there you have it: verre by julie burton!
why glass? glass has just as much allure and luster as a gemstone but can also come in a plethora of colors and shapes at no additional cost. i love glass so much it’s not just what my jewelry is made of, it’s also the key ingredient in my signature packaging.