Sunday, March 6, 2011

Joyann Green-Sabo

I met Joyann when I joined the Dirt Road Artists team on Etsy. I immediately admired here range of talents and nature inspired work. Take a look at her Etsy Shop Joyfulartstudio, and you will find she dabbles in many different mediums.

Joyann Green-Sabo was born in Charlevoix, MI and currently lives in Grand Haven, MI. She has also lived in Chicago, Northern WI, Orlando and Detroit.

Joyann enjoys reading, camping, rock picking. She is passionate about art, her soul mate, trees and water. She shares, “I feel complete when camped on the beach of Lake Superior with my husband Tim”.

Joyann employs skills from several different art disciplines, including stained glass, lapidary, metalsmithing, wire wrapping, mosaic, glass fusing, painting, and polymer clay. This is what differentiates her craft from others. The combination of mediums and disciplines provides a distinctive appearance to her art. She acquired a majority of her skills from trial and error, but also learned from classes, DVDs and books.
Dichroic glass cabochon in sterling silver with pink tourmaline, amethyst and chalcedony, hand made chain
Joyann’s favorite material depends on her current project. She explains that, “It would be too hard to choose just one type of material.” She appreciates the challenge of working with kiln-fired glass because, “the color but it is not always easy to get it to do what I want.” She also is fond of Polymer clay because she can manipulate it to create the shapes she wants. She enjoys sterling silver because it will accentuate almost any stone no matter what color. She likes using rocks in her work because it gives her a cause to hunt for more.
"Herman the Rock Star" Mosaic on a rock with turquoise beads for eyes marble base
Joyann started in acrylic paints when she was 20 years old. In her thirties, she started making sterling silver jewelry. When she married her soul mate, Tim, they started doing art/craft fairs and gem and mineral shows in Michigan and Ohio.

Joyann and her husband discovered glass fusing when they went to a local glass shop to pick out glass for someone to make a window for them. Tim had gotten Joyann a little kiln for Christmas to use with PMC, which she disliked. The woman at the glass shop said "you can use that kiln for glass" and the rest is history. Joyann took a stained glass and several fusing classes from her.

"Brilliant Garden" Mosaic on a recycled window.  Flower petals and bug bodies are fused glass

She has taught fusing classes for several years at a local store. She has glass in a local gallery and I'm in the process of sending more things to Gallery 35 in Alpharetta, GA.

You can visit Joyann’s Etsy shop at:
London Blue topaz in sterling silver handmade filigree. Each piece of wire is cut, formed and soldered by hand.

Waiting and Watching" fused glass panel 30" x 18" custom for Robert. His reaction

"UPS just left. WOW WOW WOW what a beautiful piece of art. You are the best The colors are beyond words and the design is beyond beautiful. YOU ARE SO TALENTED!!!!!!! your e bay store does not even come close to capturing your talents. Please always keep my e mail address to share with anyone who may question your talents I would be more then happy to express my feelings and to share a picture of your work.Again I am so very happy that I had you as the artist for the renovations You have done a splended beyond expectations job  Many Many Thanks Robert"

"Jungle Flowers" Mosaic wall art. Flower petals and stems, leaves, cabochons all fused glass.


  1. What amazing talent! Thanks for sharing Joy's talent with us!

  2. Joy is a great artist! Love reading about her and her art! Great feature!

  3. Wow! I love Joy's work and these pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Great post, Mel!