Handmade Jewelry in Wine Country
Take a piece of Wine Country home with these handcrafted beauties.
Ten years ago, Kay Lafranconi and Cindy Kapjian decided on a whim to take a glass-making class. Many shattered wine bottles later, the pair are the owners and artists of Yount Street Glass, a studio specializing in creating pieces of jewelry from discarded wine bottles.
The initial inspiration came when they ordered a gift made of recycled glass for a niece. The piece was not what the pair had hoped, so they took it upon themselves to make their own, using their limited glass-making skills.
Their first piece turned out better than the one they ordered, and soon, friends around the Napa Valley began requesting more. In fact, many items are now named after the person who influenced the design.
Each necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings comes from an appreciation for a resource many people don’t usually look at—the empty wine bottles in their recycling bin.
“We often raid our neighbors’ recycling bins for their wine bottles. We have really great neighbors,” says Lafranconi.
Before crafting each new piece, they inspect the quality of the glass, making sure the light reflects through it in just the right way.
Originally working mostly in their dining room—the glass grinder on the table made it dangerous to walk around barefoot—they have since remodeled their home to accommodate their studio. They’ve transformed their garage into the “Messy Studio”—where all things glass-related happen—and a former office into the “Clean Studio”—where the three kilns and torch-soldering equipment live. Yount Street Glass is truly homegrown.
This year, the couple are branching out from the jewelry biz to make mobiles from all types of wine bottles, incorporating multiple colors.
“The way the sun shines through the glass is really amazing,” says Lafranconi.
Yount Street Glass jewelry is available online and at top wineries and spas throughout Wine Country, including Hall Wines, Gundlach Bundschu Winery and Vineyards, and Bardessono. yountstreetglass.com.