Christy Young and “her boss,” Breezy the toy poodle, turn old, sometimes even broken glass into art — bringing the old adage to life of "turning one person's trash into another person's treasure."
Young is the artist and owner of CBreeze Designs, an eco-friendly, repurposing glass art and jewelry business.
Growing up, Young says her mom described her main hobby as hobbies because she was interested in such a wide range of arts and crafts. Focusing now mostly on glass as her medium, Young brings old bottles back to life. She turns them into jewelry, wind-chimes, vases, wall decorations and more.
The Destin resident of more than 10 years is always willing to do special orders as well.
"I just love glass bottles," said Young. She uses pretty much any kind of glass bottles she can get her hands on — wine bottles, beer bottles, mason jars. Between people donating the bottles and collecting them on her own, she has amassed a large collection in her garage, which doubles as her shop/studio. She has two kilns in the space and with glass on shelves, tables and in boxes, her studio could almost be mistaken for a recycling plant.
“Ladies in waiting,” Young jokingly calls her large stock of bottles waiting to be turned into art.
Young began her love-affair with glass as an art form eight years ago while working at Destin Glass cutting glass. She said she was a novice so the first few days were covered with Band-Aid's until she got the hang of it.
After learning how to cut glass, Young took a few art-related glass classes, bought a glass kiln and taught herself the rest of the glass business.
"I might have one idea in mind when I start a project, but when I'm done I have a completely different idea in mind — that's part of the fun," said Young of working with glass and equipment that can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees.
Young says she enjoys and feels good about her work because she’s using recycled materials. "I'm saving the planet one bottle at a time," Young said.
Her work is displayed at Copper Penny’s Emporium on Main Street and also at Hemi & Zane’s Boutique on Harbor Blvd. CBreeze Designs average price is around $25 and you can visit Young's online shop at CBreezeDesigns.etsy.com or on Facebook under CBreezeDesigns.