Monica Phillips is a local Issaquah artist who has a love of anything glass. She learned how to fuse glass in Northern California and participated in many shows in the Bay Area prior to moving to Issaquah 14 years ago. When she started working with dichroic glass, she made so much of it that it prompted her to learn traditional silversmithing techniques in order to give the glass the setting it deserved. Her earrings, pendants and rings are handmade using fine silver (.999), sterling silver (.925), or gold-filled metals, along with dichroic fused glass or cubic zirconia “stones”. In addition to the dichroic fused glass, Monica also makes borosilicate beads and blows small glass vessels on her torch. Lately, she’s become enamored with photographing crystals under a microscope, which is quite challenging and very rewarding. Her goal is to make unique, colorful art, and not to listen to her inner critic.