“One Woman” Features Glass Artist Irene Jalowayski At Artisans On The Ave Gallery

“One Woman” Exhibition features glass artist, Irene Jalowayski at Artisans On The Ave Gallery.  Artisans shows over 40 local artists who work in a variety of mediums. Irene is one of this gallery’s multi-talented artists who creates decorative and functional art with fused glass.  Her silver jewelry and Judaic items are distinctive, as are her newest creations in cast glass.  Irene’s work has been accepted into prestigious juried shows in Florida and you can find her most recent works at this Exhibition.  The Rickie Report has had a number of inquiries from readers and art patrons, asking for more details about this art medium.  Our interview with Irene gives you that information and some sneak peeks of her attractive creations!









Art Exhibit


Irene Jalowayski

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 24, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is a free event

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Artisans On The Ave Gallery

630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-762-8162     561-582-3300




“What Were You Thinking?” by Irene Jalowayski




Toni Willey wrote, “At the Artisans On The Ave Gallery you will find :
Beautiful, original one of a kind pieces of art created by local Palm Beach County Artists with some of the most unique and eclectic imaginations that have ever come together under one roof. AWESOME!”

Irene  Jalowayski’s expertise is taking glass and visualizing a finished piece and then making each of her pieces by hand for the completed work of art. Her lovely silver and glass jewelry is considered by many as wearable art. Each creation is unique and one of a kind. A Florida native, Irene was raised in Miami, Florida but spent much of her adult life in California. She now lives in West Palm Beach and has her studio there.  All of her pieces can be washed with a gentle soap in water. The silver needs some silver polish and then a wash in warm water to clean it.





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“Amber Moon Necklace”                               “Blue Round Necklace”




Irene tells The Rickie Report, “As much as glass has become a major part of my life I did spend my adult career in a completely unrelated field. I am a licensed speech pathologist and have worked for over 30 years in private practice and hospitals.”




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Fused Glass and Wood Wine Holder

by Irene Jalowayski


The selection of home décor pieces including fused glass candlesticks, dishes, vases, Judaica menorahs and unique cast glass sculpture will enhance your home or business. Irene is an experienced artist with a true sense of style and vision. The variety of different shades and colors of glass she selects complements each one of a kind art designs. Her energy, passion, and dedication to her art gives Irene the title of “ONE WOMAN ARTIST” that she is so deserving of in her field among local glass and silver jewelry artists.





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“Green Wave Bracelet” by Irene Jalowayski








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“Blue Stem Bowl” by Irene Jalowayski



TRR: How did you begin creating with glass as your medium?




I chose to work with glass because I have always loved to look at it and to feel it. Long before I began to work with glass I was collecting it. My personal glass collection includes pieces by American, Italian and Swedish glass artists. Creating my own glass pieces has not stopped me from purchasing a beautiful piece of glass if I fall in love with it!




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“Star Crossed Lovers” by Irene Jalowayski


About 10 years ago, an artist friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in taking a glass fusing class in her community. Of course I said,” yes” and took to it like a duck takes to water!  I went faithfully for over five years to that weekly class.  I learned my basic skills and also found that I have an eye for color and design. Finally, after all that time I decided to purchase my own kiln and began to spread my wings taking classes at other venues.  I’ve been working with glass for almost eleven years and it has given me new life.




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“Jerusalem Seder Plate” by Irene Jalowayski




Creating glass jewelry allows me to bring something new and exciting into existence that is “wearable art”, utilizing the smaller pieces of glass from my studio. The colors of the glass radiate from necklaces, earrings and bracelets. My experience with fused glass and cast glass is now being translated into new styles of jewelry. Dichroic glass, filled with bits of sparkle, shadings and metallics is a very popular medium.





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Blue and Purple Dichroic Glass Candlesticks 

by Irene Jalowayski


TRR:  Describe the process of creating a piece of your glass work.




Creating a piece always begins with the search for an idea and then deciding, based on that, whether my creation would be best at a sculpture…a bowl… or what? If it is going to be a fused glass piece I usually draw the design on paper first.  Then I make some decisions about glass color and how I might cut the glass to make my design. Often I will cut my drawing up and use the pieces to trace my design onto the actual glass that I am going to use. Most of my pieces utilize a lot of small pieces of glass cut and put together, making my original design.




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“Mosaic Bowl” by Irene Jalowayski



Once all the glass is cut, it is glued onto a base and fired in the kiln for the first time. My first fuses are usually at 1380 degrees which gives the piece some texture. When the piece comes out of the kiln, I look at the piece to see if I am satisfied with it and see where I want to add dimension and color. Generally I add glass and fire my pieces at least two or three times.  The firing process takes  10-12  hours for larger pieces, especially when draping the glass, as in the vase below.  Jewelry pieces can only be fired once and take over 4 hours in the kiln itself.




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“Tall Red Vase” by Irene Jalowayski



Each piece needs a different firing  schedule. If the piece is to be slumped into a bowl or a platter or other shape it is only done after the above process is complete.  This vase (above) needed another firing for 14 hours, for example. 




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“Confetti Glass Vase” by Irene Jalowayski



Slumping is the process of taking a flat piece and melting it just enough so that is falls into a mold to create the shape that is desired. If my flat piece that I completed above is to be slumped, I choose the mold I am going to use. The mold must be coated with kiln wash and dried. Then the glass is place on top of it and is put into the kiln. In slumping the glass it is not melted but only softened enough that is falls into or around the mold. To do that the kiln is heated to around 1200 degrees. The kiln temperature is brought up slowly. Once the slumping has taken place the kiln temperature comes down slowly to anneal the glass. That will keep it from breaking after it comes out of the kiln. Between creating, firing, and slumping a fused glass piece can take up to a week to complete.




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Menorah by Irene Jalowayski


This year I started doing glass casting. That is a very different procedure than the ones I just mentioned. Once I have decided what I am going to make I create the piece in clay. The clay sculpture is then cast in plaster. During the two weeks it takes for the plaster mold to dry, I work on it to smooth the rough edges and make sure there are no cracks. After the mold dries, I fill it with the glass I have chosen and fire it in the kiln. The pieces I have been making are up to 15 inches tall and take 38 hours to fire in the kiln. The larger the piece, the longer the firing. Each cast piece takes two to three weeks from design to completion. Then the mold is broken away from the glass sculpture so it can never be used again.  The resulting piece of solid glass is just beautiful and substantial and always one-of-kind.





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“Angel Fish” Cast Glass by Irene Jalowayski





TRR: How do you recharge your creativity?



That is a hard question because it is never just one thing. In order to create something new and unique, I need to be relaxed and not terribly stressed. A walk on the beach by the water or at one of the preserves or a trip to an art show or a museum can help a lot.  I love to browse through art magazines to spark an idea. Sometimes it comes from something totally unexpected. I can be looking at some beautiful glass and then just think of an idea. For example,  I was at McMow Art Glass one day buying some supplies. Phil had a piece of Saturday glass in the window that looked just like the Caribbean Sea to me. I purchased it and made two pieces from it. Both were underwater scenes with fish, shells etc. That was what I thought of when I first saw the glass in the window. I still have one of the pieces at Artisans on the Ave. The other was recently sold.



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“Blue Cameo”




                                         “Blue and Silver Bib” with Earrings

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“Black and Red Moon”


TRR: Where can art lovers find your work?


On October 24 I will be having a one woman show at Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth. It will be from 6 to 9 pm. There will be wine and snacks. I will be there to meet and greet everyone so I hope lots of people can attend.


My work can be found at Artisans on the Ave at 630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, McMow Art Glass on Dixie Highway and 7th St. in Lake Worth, and at Florida Craft Art on Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. On the weekend of November 14 and 15, I’ll be participating in Artnado.  Check out my Etsy shop. Go to www.etsy.com and then to PalmBeachArtGlass. I also have a web page: www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com  or call 561 792 8788 or by email at ijaloway@palmbeachsmashingglass.com
I take special orders. These may take a few weeks to create.






For more information about this Exhibit or other artists and Events at Artisans On The Ave, please contact:

Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro





For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420



Mary Cotello Announces Special Basketry Workshop: Palm, Palms and More Palms!

When we look at the basket artistry of Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni, we are in awe – of their designs and abilities to bring branches and leaves to life again!  Mary is offering a special three-part workshop in December.  The Rickie Report shares the details here. This will make a great holiday gift – a class where they will learn how create their own designs!







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A mother and daughter team that collaborate on an art “unique” to Florida.
Creativity and an over-abundance of foliage results in endless possibilities.



Mary Catello and Teri Salamoni

Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni

Mary Catello

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.


In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!


Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.




Teri Salomoni

Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays.


In 2002 she partnered in a public art project “Flamingos in the Gables” and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.


In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters — Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique.




Artist Statement

The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants. The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.



Currently their work is on permanent display at Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth, Florida Craftsmen Gallery. St Petersburg and The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale. Annually they are featured at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event. Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces.  Mary also presides over the newly- formed South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild which meets monthly. It is a great opportunity to network with other people interested in fiber arts and basketry.




For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact

 561 665 0092 or email mary@earthartbymaryandteri.com





For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420