Sandra “Sam” Brewster has been transforming raw glass into magnificent pieces of art
for over 25 years. Based out of New Port Richey, FL, her inspirations are drawn from
the gorgeous and unique traits indigenous to the area. Her work travels from under the
sea and through the palm trees, to the most original and fantastical creations of her
imagination. Originally from Washington D.C., She started creating with glass after
moving to the Sunshine State with her former husband. They started Moon Bay Carved
Glass Studio and specialized in commercial and architectural art glass installations,
jokingly calling themselves “The Blue Heron Door Company.” Their gallery was located
in Tarpon Springs, FL.
After parting ways with her former husband in the late 1990’s, Sam continued creating
and began to go deeper into the world of fine art glass. She started collaborating with
other glass artists in the area and learning different, creative ways to express her stage-
carving on glass.
Never formally trained, all of Sam’s skill comes from years of experience and trial by
error. Being an experienced graphic designer has brought Sam to a different level within
her medium. Each sculptural piece is first hand-blown with the team she collaborates
with in St. Petersburg, FL or Kansas City, MO and then brought to her studio in New
Port Richey, where she transforms the blank canvas into a unique creation. Her
drawings are translated directly onto the sculpture, after the piece has been covered in
a sand-blasting mask material and she then meticulously cuts out every detail with a
craft knife. The piece is then stage-carved, using Sam’s own sand-blasting technique
with commercial grade equipment, achieving a multi-leveled design on the glass
surface, comparable to a painter and their canvas.