Connie Bennett is
one of the most exciting jewelry designers on the fashion/art scene today.
Connie has been featured on QVC and regularly appears in fashion and trade
magazines. Her jewelry has become popular from coast to coast and is carried
in boutiques, galleries and department stores. Born in Alexandria
VA, Connie was raised in Fayetteville, NC. She earned her Bachelor of
Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, NC. Tallahassee, Florida has been the home for The Connie
Bennett Collection since 1996. Connie originally started her studio glass
product line in Jacksonville, Florida in 1990, initially selling her handmade
items as a cart vendor at the Jacksonville Landing. This successful retail
experience gives Connie a very unique and insightful understanding of
retail customer buying tendencies adding value to her wholesale customers.
The first thing you notice about “The Connie Bennett Collection” is
COLOR, COLOR AND MORE COLOR! Connie designs dichroic and mixed media
mirrors and vases as well as jewelry using stained, dichroic and fused
glass. Her pieces are handcrafted so no two pieces are ever exactly the
same. The glass is combined with unique beading and charms, and is dimensional,
contemporary and FUN!
Connie first draws
a design on the stained glass, then the shapes are cut, ground and wrapped
in copper, and soldered with a non-lead solder. Charms and beading are
attached along with a final plating of silver or gold. The fused designs
are made with a different process. The type of glass used is called dichroic
and/or slumped. This is an extremely expensive glass and process due to
the labor intensive nature of the product. The effects are dynamic and
worth the extra effort. The glass is layered after cutting, and fired
in a kiln. After the annealing process is complete, (cooling down period),
the stones are shaped and assembled into the beautiful pieces that makes
Connie's designs so unique. Each design is fully copyrighted to
protect the artist. Most pins can also be worn as a pendant. Connie is
constantly striving to be different ... after all, it's much more exciting
to stand out than to blend into the crowd.