Lamp worker and designer Melissa Schmidt, raised on Oahu, Hawaii and San Francisco, now works out of her 120 year + studio and lives in St.Louis, Missouri. Inspired by her antique blown glass buttons, her work is whimsical and unexpected as the buttons she found 2 decades ago. Her glass mastery is mostly self taught with years of refining techniques. Her work is at once tactile, visual and auditory as movement creates delight for the wearer and observer. Borosilicate glass material with frit, glass powder, grinding, sewing and 35 mm slide film as well as foils and precious metals, these pieces are built to last and tough as they are beautiful.