Artist + Process

Artist + Process

Natalie Borghese is a glass artist and metalsmith based in Ontario, Canada.

Her work is an exploration of natural forms, light, and ideas about lightness, fragility and impermanence.  She approaches each piece like it’s a watercolour painting, layering washes of transparent and translucent colours, fragments of shimmering 24K gold leaf, tiny opaque dots, fine lines, and delicate floral murrine to create rich, complex compositions.  

All of her flameworked glass beads and their components, including the little floral murrine (flowers), are handmade in her studio using traditional flameworking techniques and glass from Italy, Germany and the USA.  

Annealed in a kiln for strength and durability, the glass beads and cabochons are then set into hand forged sterling silver settings.

Small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, the scale and detail of her work encourages you to look closer and discover the hidden world within.  Flame chemistry, heat, timing and the movement of her hands ensure that each piece is one of a kind and collectible. 



Bachelor of Arts (BA), Architectural and Art History (High Distinction), Faculty of Arts & Science, Carleton University, 1987

Directed Studies Abroad, Azrieli School of Architecture, Rome, Italy, 1990

Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction (BArch), Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University, 1992


Craft Programs

Ceramics + Glazing, Peter Hiort Petersen Ceramics Studio, Ottawa, 1993-1995

Traditional Metalworking (Jewelry), The Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia, 1998-1999

Flameworking Workshops

Jana Filipkova:  Double Helix Silver Glass & Dichromatic Glass, GSS Flameworking Art School, Ottawa, 2017

Astrid Riedel: Mokume-Gane, Battuto + Enamel Painting, Bead FX, Toronto, 2018


Glass Awards

Glass Bead Makers UK, Newcomer Award, 2017


Juried Exhibitions (Glass)

The Earring Show 2021, Craft Council of BC, Vancouver, BC, May 2021

The Earring Show 2020, Craft Council of BC, Vancouver, BC, May 2020

Canada 150 Competition, Ottawa Glass Bead and Jewellery Show, October 2017

Flame Off 2017, GBUK Bead Competition, Staffordshire, England, June 2017


Glass Publications

The Flow Magazine, Nature Gallery, Vol 18/1, Spring 2020

The Flow Magazine, 15th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass, Vol 17/4, Winter 2019-20

GBUK Flame Magazine, Torchlight On Natalie Borghese, January 2019

The Flow Magazine, 14th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass, Vol16/4, Winter 2018-19

The Flow Magazine, Nature Gallery, Vol 16/1, Spring 2018









All glass designs, drawings and photographs Copyright © Natalie Borghese 2022