Crafting ‘wearable joy’ in Vail |

Crafting ‘wearable joy’ in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL – The Cogswell Gallery will present a lampworking demonstration by glass artist Fide Durben today. Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas-fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements.

Durben incorporates a wide variety of colors, as well as materials like copper mesh, to create her unique pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

“It’s the perfect collection for summer. Bright, bold and undeniably as beautiful as it is unique, also the price points make it really an affordable way to own wearable art,” says Sara Melzer, associate at the gallery.

Durben originally hails from Chile where she developed a love for fashion as well as the medium of glass. She now lives in Green Mountain.

Durben says she enjoys working with glass for its translucency, infinite beauty, its similarity to water in its molten state and its ever changing nature. She describes each of her pieces as “wearable joy.”

The artist will be at the gallery from Noon to 4 p.m. today. For more information, contact Brittany Koukol at 970-476-1769, or e-mail

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