Charlotte Gray was raised in the in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated with a BA and a MA from California State University, Hayward. After a career in education and social services she moved to Whidbey Island where she finally had the time to take pottery, soldered glass, stained glass, wire wrapping and mosaic classes. What captured her interest most was using stained glass and tiles to create original mosaics.
Glass tiles, stained glass chips, "found" objects, rhinestones and vintage jewelry are incorporated into her "upcycled" mosaic mirrors, light switch plates, botttles, boxes, shoes, musical instruments, hats and other everyday finds. She had always been interested in mosaics and discovered that her habit of collecting vintage jewelry and found objects was a perfect fit. She could transform a simple piece of wood into a unique piece of art. She and her husband Darrell work together designing and marketing mosaic light switch plates.
Charlotte also makes original and unique jewelry and small treasure boxes from Altoid mint tins, soldered glass jewelry, and handpainted furniture.
You can find her art at her brick and mortar shop, WHIMSIES, in the Historic Old Town district of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island,at The Lucky Dumpster, in the charming town of Edison, Washington, and in her ETSY shop and, at times, at Whidbey Allied Artists (WAA) shows in Coupeville as well as other regional events.