“I was in corporate America and was so stressed out,” the Roswell resident said. “I was looking for some kind of creative release. One day after a Christmas holiday I saw these wine bottles in our recycling bin and I thought to myself they were too pretty to let go.”
After researching glass art techniques, she bought a small kiln and began repurposing wine bottles in a studio she set up in her basement. Her first efforts were cheese trays, still one of the most popular items she makes.
But she has since branched out into other items, such as lamps, patio candles and yard art. And her arsenal of raw materials has expanded to include liquor bottles and non-alcohol jars and bottles that once held products like applesauce, pickles and salsa.
“I have a crate outside my garage and neighbors and friends drop off their bottles,” Burch said.
She sells her artworks online at www.savethebottleroswell.com and at several festivals each year. Her husband Mike helps out at these events, as do their children, Katie and Dereck, when they’re home from college.
On Saturday and Sunday, Burch will be one of dozens of exhibitors at one of Roswell’s most enduring traditions, Colors Festival of Arts, which comes to Roswell Town Square Saturday and Sunday for its 22nd year.
“Colors is one of the best art shows offered in the Roswell/Alpharetta area and a perfect family outing on Mother’s Day weekend,” said Gina LaMonte, one of the festival organizers.
“Also, the money raised at the festival funds all of the Roswell Junior Woman’s Club projects in our local area which include the Child Development Association, North Fulton Community Charities, The Foster Care Foundation, The Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Roswell Fire Museum.”
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, there will be fine arts, original crafts, live entertainment, festival food and children’s activities in full swing.
A free shuttle will run from Roswell City Hall to the Town Square throughout the days.
Colors is coordinated and presented by the Roswell Jr. Woman’s Club.
“The money raised at the festival funds all of the Roswell Junior Woman’s Club projects in our local area, which include the Child Development Association, North Fulton Community Charities, The Foster Care Foundation, The Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Roswell Fire Museum,” LaMonte said.