Bennett is one of the most exciting jewelry designers on the
fashion/art scene today. Connie has been featured on QVC and regularly
appears in fashion and trade magazines. Her jewelry has become popular
from coast to coast and is carried in boutiques, galleries and
department stores. Born in Alexandria VA, Connie was raised in
Fayetteville, NC. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration
degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.
Tallahassee, Florida has been the home for The Connie Bennett
Collection since 1996. Connie originally started her studio glass
product line in Jacksonville, Florida in 1990, initially selling her
handmade items as a cart vendor at the Jacksonville Landing. This
successful retail experience gives Connie a very unique and insightful
understanding of retail customer buying tendencies adding value to her
The first thing you notice about “The Connie Bennett Collection” is COLOR, COLOR AND MORE COLOR!
Connie designs dichroic and mixed media mirrors and vases as well
as jewelry using stained, dichroic and fused glass. Her pieces are
handcrafted so no two pieces are ever exactly the same. The glass is
combined with unique beading and charms, and is dimensional,
contemporary and FUN!
first draws a design on the stained glass, then the shapes are cut,
ground and wrapped in copper, and soldered with a non-lead solder.
Charms and beading are attached along with a final plating of silver or
gold. The fused designs are made with a different process. The type of
glass used is called dichroic and/or slumped. This is an extremely
expensive glass and process due to the labor intensive nature of the
product. The effects are dynamic and worth the extra effort. The glass
is layered after cutting, and fired in a kiln. After the annealing
process is complete, (cooling down period), the stones are shaped and
assembled into the beautiful pieces that makes Connie's designs so
unique. Each design is fully copyrighted to protect the artist.
Most pins can also be worn as a pendant. Connie is constantly striving
to be different ... after all, it's much more exciting to stand out
than to blend into the crowd.