Christina Amri is the founder, principal, and lead designer of Amri Studio, formerly Wallach Glass Studio, SEGD's 2003 Arrow Award honoree and winner of the SEGD Best Artisan Booth at the 2011 SEGD Conference.
Amri Studio, formerly Wallach Glass Studio, has devoted itself to creating unique crystal and glass donor recognition systems, tributes, art glass, and signage for 35 years. They also work in stained glass, stone, metal, and other high-quality materials. They are located in Santa Rosa, California, just over an hour north of San Francisco.
In this comprehensive exhibition, natural specimens paired with cultural objects offer visitors a global view of the many aspects of pearls, the mollusks that produce them, and the cultures that have long prized them. Circular alcoves, grouped around a central core, each explore a particular theme, such as marine pearls or pearls in history. Visitors can move from the center in any direction to build information, layer by layer, like the form of a pearl itself.
This installation is half-inch thick, highly polished, etched and carved domestic crystal. The designer was inspired by the aesthetically intriguing horizontal graph and chart presentations that the Genome Project researchers have developed to map the human genome.