Cathy Richardson - Touchstone Glass in Minnesota - first worked as a geologist before turning to art in the mid-1980s and learning about glass at - among other places - the Corning Glass Studio. Initially she made stained glass panels before turning to paperweights. In her work she combines a love of nature with meticulous attention to detail to produce realistic images and draws her inspiration from the sea, shorelines, the desert and flower gardens. Her paperweights are signed and dated.
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Set against a profusion of pointed, yellow-veined leaves in this attractive miniature one-off design are 3 golden-yellow roses in full bloom plus a bud, just about ready to open. The lampwork design is over a clear ground. .Signed and dated around the middle of the weight: Cathy Richardson 2016 1 of 1. Polished, concave base.
A miniature weight with a lampwork arrangement of pink roses and sprays of purple freesias about to burst into flower. Completing the design are small pale-green variegated leaves.Scratch-signed, dated and numbered around the weight: Cathy Richardson 2015 1/1. Small concave, polished base.
A one-off miniature depicting a cluster of yellow-centred purple violets growing above a mound of variegated green leaves over a clear ground. The weights is signed, dated and numbered: Cathy Richardson 2016 1 of 1. Polished, concave base.