by Elisabeth Walsh of Arona Designs

Everyone give a big welcome to Dawn of First Light Glass! She has generously offered a giveaway of your choice of one of her fused glass cross pendants from her shop! To enter, go to her shop and pick your favorite item out of all her items, then come back here and comment to let her know. Regular comments don't get you entered, so don't forget to name your favorite item(s). Please leave your email address so that we can get in contact with you too! 

...And now, Dawn's feature:


I have been married for 20 years and have three children. I worked for seven years as a city planner and then decided to stay at home with my young children.  I had three children in three and a half years and felt like I was getting lost in the craziness of life.  Then my church offered a class in stained glass and fused glass.  I signed up immediately because I could be creative and have adults to talk to.  I fell in love with the medium of glass and soon filled my house and my family’s houses with colorful glass.  A glass kiln and home studio were the next step.

How did you get your start on Etsy?  How did you choose your shop name?

In 2008 I decided to turn my love of glass into a business.  I choose the name “First Light Glass” because my name Dawn means "morning or first light".  A friend owned a local store and started carrying my glass work; at the shop I learned about what types of fused glass products were in demand and about marketing.  Several months later a friend recommended I give Etsy a try so I could reach a larger market.  I really enjoy selling online and have met lots of wonderful artists and crafters.

What does a typical day look like for you?

In the mornings I get my kids off to school and then spend the day creating, at the computer and volunteering.  In the afternoons I drive the kids around town to dance, basketball, cross country and track.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

I would be at a tropical villa like the ones you see in magazine pictures where the villa is built out over crystal clear turquoise water.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Galatians 5:22-23 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  There is no law against such things.

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

My favorite listing is my turquoise and brown plate.  I love the color combination and the contrast of the transparent and opaque glass.

Links where we can find you:

Thank you for agreeing to be featured Dawn! Everyone please go check out her shops and even the links that she gave us and show her some CAST love! Winner of her giveaway will be announced next week! 

Comments (10)

On October 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

WOW! I love your art.


On October 24, 2012 at 6:15 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

I just love this yellow bowl
And the jewellery is pretty cool too, this one is my fave:
Dawn sure is talented.

On October 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM , AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love all the cross pendants and this cute guy!
email is

On October 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM , NellywithWings said...

I love these two wall hangings!

I love glass, and you make great art out of it.

On October 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM , Joyce Butler said...

I love your creations, especially the lace bowls.

If I wasn't doing pottery I would be doing glass.

On October 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM , Rose said...

Love your glass coral!

On October 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM , Recovered Fundie said...

Very nice work. Great colors!

On October 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

Your work is beautiful! So glad to have found your store. :)

On October 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM , The REAL EverSewSweet said...

So many pretty things. This is my favorite.

On October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM , First Light Glass said...

Thank you all so much for your kinds words!