Meet the Maker: Linda Shull

Linda Shull

Illness Inspires Jewelry Collector to Become Artist Working in Glass

Linda Shull

“Life is an adventure, and I believe we should savor the day at hand,” says Linda Shull.

Shull has lived by those words since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995: “I decided to stop putting off things that I really wanted to do and launched my own fused glass studio.”

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During 25 years of designing retail stores and commercial spaces Shull had collected jewelry. She began her new career “by developing a distinctive line of glass watches because I’m a certified watch addict, and there were none available like the studio now makes. My love of bright colors inspired me to expand into a full jewelry line with the Life Savor collection, which includes watches, bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings. I tell people life should be savored, just like the candy.”

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Shull’s “very labor intensive” process in her Los Angeles studio begins with glass specifically manufactured for artists. It’s layered and cut into 20-inch by 20-inch sheets and fired. “Sheets are then cut into the specific design and fired again for the ‘rounded edges,’” she says. Creating of bands requires a third trip to the kiln. All firings take more than a day. All pieces are hand-washed after every cycle.

Her inspiration: “I tell people ‘Color is my drug!’ I love color, and it was a big part of my career as an interior designer.” She also looks to nature, photos, books, magazines, and other artists’ works. “I try to attend all the craft exhibits I can,” Shull says.

 

  • Company Name: Shull Design Studio

  • Product Categories: Glass: Fused; Apparel & Accessories: Womens; Jewelry: Fashion, Mens; Collectibles: Signed by the Artist

  • Studio Location: Los Angeles, CA

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