I love my glass and silversmithing, but I also love to draw. So, I am rearranging my website a bit to reflect that. I have 2 pages and 2 links that will take you to my Etsy shops, either directly or through this website (but eventually it will take you to Etsy).

Please take a look at both and if you find something you like, please purchase it – you will have a beautiful, original piece of art whether it’s a watercolor or something in glass and/or metal.

Flora Fauna by Helen (paintings)

Helen Cowart, artist, creator, maker (jewelry and glass)

Posted in Art

Romantic. Potential.

I am a romantic.

I believe in possibilities. I believe in potential and opportunities.

I see possibilities everywhere. There are certain things that trigger the imagination. I look at an empty building and think about how it could be used. Studio? Store? Living space? What is its potential?

Inspiration makes a person want to learn, explore, imagine. For example, my datacore. It’s an idea that there is something hidden, waiting to be discovered and deciphered. What can that object or sample tell us about itself, its environment, our world?

It is the romance of possiblity and potential.

I have possibilities and potential.




I have doubt. Do it anyway.


Posted in Art

New Etsy site

If you want one of my flora and fauna illustrations, you can purchase them here:


Iris bud-framed small
6″ x 6″ watercolor in an 8″ x 8″ frame. It has a glass cover and is backed with an acid-free board.
Lithops Optica-framed small
4″ x 4″ marker & watercolor in a 5″ x 5″ frame. It has a glass cover and is backed with an acid-free board.
Brown Cactus Bird-Framed Small
4″ x 4″ marker & watercolor in an 5″ x 5″ frame. It has a glass cover and is backed with an acid-free board.

I’m not dead yet!

I think I will go for a walk…

And I have been – to work. I’ve been rather busy with work in the past year (year, really?!) and while I haven’t done as much glass and metal as I’d have liked, summer is coming and I’ll be back in the studio.

I haven’t been completely idle though…

Here are a few things I have drawn recently

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expect more of everything this summer and fall!

Sacred, Datacore #1

Kiln-formed glass, sterling silver, and copper. 3″ x 2.75″ x 1.25″


I am currently exploring the idea of how information and stories are stored, discovered, told, and interpreted. Looking at the variety of ways a core sample can be used to tell a story or deliver information inspired me to create my own stories, artifacts, and data in glass and metal.

Glass Rivets

So I did a little test and it led to these beauties:

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I have to be careful when creating these, because the glass doesn’t like to be unevenly heated, but because they are so small, it works out perfectly. I was also concerned about the silver fuming and staining the glass, but so far, the clear does just fine. I will definitely have to be careful with the colors I use because of the silver fumes staining the glass and testing which colors work best.

In addition to the glass rivets, I am working on a wearable and a sculptural piece for a possible Seattle Metals Guild show.

New Design Series

I have a new jewelry design series that I’m absolutely in love with! I have all of these available in my Etsy shop for easy purchase.

Plus, another new design I will be making more of also with an ocean/coral reef theme:



I took a weekend class at Danaca Design on riveting with Kirk Lang 2 weeks ago. I think this will become an integral part of my jewelry and glass art. So effective and fairly simple, it allows me to connect my glass and metal without the worry of applying heat to the glass and potential shattering.

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I have 3 more pendants ready to be put together. I am remaking the bail on the red one since the metal I used to make the one pictured was not the right gauge for the piece.

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