valerie-blassey-300x279My name is Valerie Blassey and I’m the designer and owner of Ivy Tree Designs. Ever since I was a kid I have loved being creative and coming up with my own artwork, which is why I became a graphic designer. I’ve worked with a variety of mediums including: acrylic paint, pastels, metals, candle wax, ceramics, digital art, and photography.

For the past ten years I have designed my own beaded jewelry, specializing in stringing glass beads.

I love glass. Especially the many colors and patterns of dichroic glass, and so was interested in learning how to create my own glass creations. So in November 2013 I purchased a 15 inch Jen-Ken glass kiln and my fusing adventures began. I love creating dichroic fused glass pendants as each one is unique — you never know how they are going to turn out when they come out of the kiln.

I currently live in Philadelphia, PA. Examples of my professional graphic and web design work can be found at BlasseyDesign.com.