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Deanna Dionne moved to Cleveland, from Michigan, a few years ago to grow as an artist. Her parents were artists and fostered creativity at home. Dionne started her career doing illustrations, painting and website design. She founded the business Cleveland Street Glass in the Spring of 2016.

“My car was broken into within a week, so I just started working with the glass that I found on the streets,” Dionne said.

Dionne turned her inconvenient experience into a chance to create something beautiful. She makes jewelry out of broken auto glass swept up from the streets of Cleveland.

“It’s like literally reclaiming what was somebody’s property… left for trash in streets,” Dionne said. “So to take that and make it something valuable again – I think it’s very empowering.”

She makes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and cuff links. She’s always thinking about what can be created next.

“I started this last year as like a fun project for the summer and now it’s a business, and I’m living off of it,” Dionne said.

Collecting the glass has become easier with time.

“I drive around the city, and I just look for piles of glass on the curb,” Dionne said. “And now a lot of people tag me on social media. I had somebody stop by yesterday just gave me a bucket of glass.”

Her jewelry ranges in price from $30 to $200. It can be found at pop-up art shows around Northeast Ohio. It’s also sold at The W Gallery at 5th Street Arcades and the Dawn Teckler 78th Street Studios.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Picture Courtesy of Alan Copson and Getty Images

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