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Alison Berger's glassworks branches into crystal and lighting fixtures
Alison Berger's glassworks branches into crystal and lighting fixtures

For Alison Berger, the journey to becoming a designer of fine hand-blown crystal and handsomely engineered lighting fixtures began with childhood summer nights catching fireflies in jars. "What I do is reminiscent of that nostalgic feeling of capturing a point of light and containing it within a glass vessel," she says, pointing to a 2005 design she calls the Firefly pendant, which hangs in her West Hollywood studio in a 1920s Spanish courtyard apartment complex built for Paramount Pictures contract players. Replicating that glimmer of youthful inspiration would take Berger from learning to blow glass at 15 in her native Dallas to earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in...

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