Jody Freij-Tonder is known throughout the Minnesota region for her charming earrings crafted from repurposed glass. Although each pair is one of a kind, over the years Jody has created a variety of styles, and offers Stained Glass, Etched, Iridized, Confetti and Frit earrings in a range of colors. Because she often uses beer bottles, Heineken green and artisan amber earrings often appear in her collection.
“My interest in environmental issues dates back to the early seventies and the first Earth Day,” says Jody. “This early commitment has influenced the life I have pursued. In a stained glass class in 1983, I realized the possibilities of combining my passions to create handcrafted recycled glass jewelry. Stained glass artists supply me with a wide array of colored glass remnants and recycling centers are my source for bottles and jars. I’m always on the lookout for anything made of glass that I can saw, cut or break into raw materials for my jewelry. This reclaimed glass is cut into the desired shapes and either fired in a kiln or processed in a rock tumbler. Kiln-fired glass retains a shiny surface and the pieces of tumbled glass are etched to a beach glass texture. These individual recycled glass earrings are then fitted with hypoallergenic surgical steel ear wires. The results are guaranteed to delight!”
Jody and her husband, glass sculptor Michael Tonder, operate Blue Skies Glassworks in Two Harbors, MN.