Born in Delaware, Crystel spent her childhood surrounded by musicians and artists. Her biggest influence was her grandmother, who introduced her to sewing and art.
With aspirations to be an artist and a love for art it laid the foundation for creativity and inspiration, which is evident in her designs.
Attending the ART INSTITUTE OF PHILADELPHIA for graphic design in 1982, she moved to Florida to pursue a career in design. Working in the publishing industry as a Creative Director, she was again surrounded by other creative individuals who motivated her to open her own graphic design business.
While successful for many years in graphic design, it was time for Crystel’s next chapter, getting back to her artistic roots. After exploring many mediums of art, she stumbled upon glass fusing while vacationing in Key West. Intrigued by the process of fusing glass by melting it at high temperatures in a kiln, Crystel was hooked.
Inspired by Florida’s natural surroundings, Crystel works with different types of glass combinations to achieve unique, brilliantly colored art to wear. From necklaces and bracelets, to earrings and pendants, each piece of art is individually hand-crafted to create her one-of-a-kind signature pieces.