Each ornament is silkscreened, fused glass with ribbon included for hanging. The cruiser bike silhouette is printed in enamel on a background of transparent glass (enamel and glass colors vary).
Made in the USA.
Laurie of Kiku Handmade's glass studio is located just outside Chicago, Illinois. She started working with glass in 2004 after discovering the indie craft movement that was growing in Chicago. At that time, she owned a fused glass pendant that she just loved and decided that's what she wanted to try making. She bought a small kiln, some books and glass, set up a studio in her basement and started experimenting. Soon enough, she was creating humdrum pendants, earrings and pins that were lovely, but unfulfilling. She needed a new direction.
Her BFA is in drawing with a concentration in printmaking. Not having access to a printmaking studio after college, she had to satisfy her creativity with things she could make in a small apartment - mostly hand bound books, small drawings and paintings - until she bought a house and had room for a proper studio. About a year after she learned the basics of glass fusing, she realized what she had been pining for – imagery and pattern. She had a small silk-screening setup in her studio already used mostly for fabric and thought maybe she could use it to incorporate her designs with the glass.
She spent weeks researching and experimenting with materials and techniques until she figured out what worked. She knew she had found her niche and began working on the designs that give Kiku it’s distinctive style. Her imagery and drawings are primarily inspired by pop culture, pattern and nature. She particularly loves mid-century modern and Japanese design aesthetics, in fact the name "Kiku" means "chrysanthemum" in Japanese. Using fine enamels, she prints with multiple screens onto layers of glass to create depth and, using her knack for color and composition, pair it with an amazing glass color palette. While her work is very graphic, she's a practical girl so most of her pieces are as functional as they are pretty.
When she's not in her glass studio, she can be found sewing, knitting, seeking out graffiti with her family, or roller skating (She takes a roller derby inspired fitness class and her derby name is Glass Kicker