An unusual entry in the NASA Etsy contest — but also one of my very favorites — this stained glass mosaic of the Carina Nebula is simply amazing. I love the three-dimensional aspect, the detail work on the painted grout… all the glass of course (by now, surely you guys know I’m a sucker for glass. And raku. And jewelry. And gems. And anything remotely Moon-related or even vaguely lunar-named.)
This mosaic was inspired by the Carina Nebula (one of the largest seen star-birth regions of the galaxy), and all of the knowns and unknowns of space. The swirling gas, the light, the shapes… it seems that a person could endlessly be inspired by the images NASA has made available to all of us, via the incredible Hubble Telescope.
This is not just a stained glass piece.. there are many components (to be more true to Carina, I wanted to use many different elements to create the whole): marble, sea glass, beads, sand, stained glass, shells, tile, blown glass shapes, millefiori, and weeks of work… All glass is hand cut, and all grout has been hand painted as well.
Hydrogen and dust create amazing spiral towers from the wall of the Carina nebula… which I’ve represented with spiraling shells, rising out of my mosaic.
It’s beautiful, head over to Etsy and give it a look-see!