Etta is compelled by glass in its many different forms and applications. She grew up in the woods and by the seashore in Massachusetts, in a family of glassblowers. After moving to Chicago in 2007 she started experimenting with stained glass, attracted to the many colors, textures, and its relationship to light.
when first working with hot solder, she was struck by its properties and similarities to molten glass. Drawing upon her background as a glassblower, she feels inspired to focus on how she can shape solder and use its presence as a forefront in her jewelry.
Etta integrates tribal forms with resonant hues in her statement-making art pieces. The jewelry is influenced by growth and decomposition of trees, mosses, ancient weathered villages in Asia, and the streets and architecture of Chicago.