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Ann Lester / Lightwing Designs

jewelry / glass

Hometown: Plainfield, VT

Add the finest in handcrafted jewelry to your collection with pieces from Lightwing Designs! Vermonters Ann and Shawn Lester went from craftspeople to innovators in 1975, as they began searching for a way to merge Ann’s stained glass skills with Shawn’s metalsmithing ability. After three years of experimenting, they broke through with a new jewelry-making technique, where they added a sterling silver overlay to stained glass jewelryThey have been producing these pieces to national acclaim ever since.

Ann’s translucent glass designs serve as the base, with themes ranging from Victoriana to sci-fi. From there, Shawn hand cuts and crafts each silver overlay, conceiving a brilliant encasement that enhances each piece. With jewelry of all shapes and sizes featuring reversible pieces, kaleidoscope pieces and more, you can feel the magic in each one. Lightwing Designs has been on display in numerous exhibitions, including the Smithsonian’s prestigious Renwick Gallery, and you can find them for yourself at a Sugarloaf Craft Festival this season!