Glass artist whose work flew on space shuttle brings workshop to downtown Brighton

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The glass artist who had one of her pieces travel on NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor brings her workshop to Hyne Alley in downtown Brighton on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Dawn Ceccacci’s appearance is part of the Brighton Arts and Culture Commission’s The Story of Us: Summer Performance Series. The event series — which brings together musicians, storytellers, artists and dancers to the streets of Brighton — is hosting its last four events in August.

Ceccacci, who lives in Howell, started making jewelry as a hobby and discovered lampwork art, which is the art of making small, intricate glass beads. Ceccacci loved how the glass beads felt on her wrist and was inspired to learn to make them herself. She has been playing with fire ever since, and uses her art to give back. She makes beads for Beads of Courage, a program that supports children with severe illnesses. Children and families who enroll in Beads of Courage earn glass beads as they move through their illnesses’ treatment process that symbolize their strength and courage. Dawn Ceccacci has been working with this program for a while and was inducted into the Beads of Courage Hall of Fame in 2014 after a bead she created for the program was chosen to represent Beads of Courage on NASA’s Space Shuttle, Endeavour.

Ceccacci will be sharing her expertise and passion for glass art at The Story of Us event on August 10 however, for those looking to learn more, she hosts private lessons in her home studio. To learn more about Dawn Ceccacci’s work, sign up for private lessons, or get a preview of her artwork, visit And for more information on this event and upcoming events in The Story of Us: Summer Performance Series, follow Downtown Brighton on Facebook.

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