Using a free form flameworking technique, Arlie Pemberton transforms borosilicate glass (also known as Pyrex) into ever-lasting flowers. Inspired by Hawaii’s flora, paired with the act of making and giving lei - every piece within Arlie’s work is handmade in her home studio on the north shore of Oahu where she melts and shapes each glass pua over a 2200 degree flame.
Arlie holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Photography & Film. In 2008, she first discovered her love for glass making while fulfilling an elective credit under the teachings of Emilio Santini. Upon graduation in 2010, she began creating her line of glass jewelry full-time and has since been shown in multiple museums and galleries across the United States including MoMA Design Store, Urban Glass and The Honolulu Museum of Art.
Having always been drawn to the tropics and a more simple way of life, Arlie and her husband relocated to the islands in 2016 in search of new inspiration and adventure. Her love for nature in Hawaii, admiration of lei making and the aloha spirit inspire her art and process daily. She strives to create pieces that can be passed down through generations while honoring the culture and people of the Hawaiian islands.
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