"I hope that in my products you can see a part of me, of my life, of Costa Rica and of a work done with a lot of love and dedication.”
“My name is Gerty Schlager, and I am dedicated to the crafting of handmade jewelry. I was born in Costa Rica on December 3rd.
"I graduated in Advertising Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Costa Rica, and I pursued my career for several years. The colored glass always fascinated me; since I was a child I looked at the stained glass windows in the churches, and the way that the light gave them life and the colors reflected on the floor was something magical for me.
“All my life I liked doing things with my hands, but I had to work in an administrative job for economic stability for my children. It was a job I was very grateful for, but it was not creative and did not fulfill me as I was used to.
“Some time later I met a stained glass master and...I fell in love! With the teacher, and with the glass with which he worked--its colors, textures and transparencies.The stained glass master, who is now my husband, taught me the technique of mosaic and the basics for melting pieces of jewelry. There has been a lot of experimentation and practice to learn to know the different glasses, the theme of design, composition and color.
“I started experimenting with vitrofusion, with small pieces that turned out to be real jewels when coming out of the fusion furnace. That was where it started-- my manual skills, my experience in some techniques, my training in design--all together resulted in this passion for artisan jewelry.
“This is an art that fascinates me. One of the best moments is when I open the oven and I can see the final product. For these products I use glass recovered from a stained glass workshop, pieces that are already too small for their use, but that have been preserved for their beauty and value. I call it "rescued glass" because by melting it and using it in the creation of jewelry I give it a new life, as a second opportunity in the form of beautiful jewels that embellish, animate and cheer up those who obtain them.
"It is very complex work, but thanks to this I have learned a lot. When working the fusion, the glasses that are combined must be compatible with each other, so that there is no difference in the melting and dilation points, to avoid tensions that could cause cracks in the pieces.
“I work all my pieces with a lot of discipline, patience and a good dose of optimism and hope, hoping to fulfill the expectations of the clients. It fills me with satisfaction to be able to continue with this art that is my passion and has been of great help for my family. I plan to continue working to perfect my technique, reflecting all the ideas I have and that I have been planning. I hope that in my products you can see a part of me, of my life, of Costa Rica and of a work done with a lot of love and dedication.”