SMART GLASS JEWELRY is handmade in Atlanta, Georgia from glass, sterling silver, and silver solder using traditional stained glass methods. Each piece is individually selected, with variations in shape and texture in the glass ensuring that every piece in the SMART GLASS line is a truly unique and one-of-a-kind original.
Growing up in Washington State, Kathleen Plate began learning about stained glass when she was a young girl. She observed the art of cutting and soldering the glass by her "70's craftsy mom" and brings those early skills to her designs today. Her hobby led her to start creating pieces in her spare time, which she sold to local stores in the mid 1990's.
The jewelry sold so well that Kathleen decided to put her graduate work in American Literature on hold and take the leap into launching her handcrafted jewelry and accesories nationally. Today, Smart Glass is in more than 500 stores nationwide and enjoys a diverse customer base.
Using a combination of vibrantly colored stained glass, silver solder and sterling silver, Kathleen makes every single piece by hand. So, while Smart Glass styles are simple and easy-to-wear and use, each piece is also a unique piece of handcrafted art. Kathleen designs all Smart Glass items and either makes or directly supervises the assembly of each piece, assuring optimal product quality.
Kathleen believes in living a simple life, while placing meaning on certain fundamentals. Among these are honoring the earth, the human spirit and its diverse nature. These beliefs are inherent in Smart Glass designs, some of which use recycled material while portions of the proceeds from others will go to support many of Kathleen's favorite non-profit organizations.
All Smart Glass pieces are designed with simplicity in mind - offering classic and contemporary designs and marry modern form and versatile function. Women of all ages and cultures enjoy the beautiful jewelry. And, more and more homes feature artistic and colorful Smart Glass decorative accessories.