Welcome to Designsby J
Our website is dedicated to the finest handblown and hand sculpted glass, with each piece
individually crafted by Jay McIver of Gainesville, Florida. With thirty years experience as a
glassblower, Jay has developed an exciting line of glass jewelry, including beautiful floral
pendants, sea turtles and other ocean friends, along with fanciful dragons and stunning dichroic
pieces. Jay has a unique talent for creating sea life sculptures and free-standing pieces
ranging from dolphins to unicorns. Please visit all of our pages and let your imagination roam
free as you enjoy all that we have to offer.
A native Floridian, Jay McIver entered the glassblowing field in 1975 when he was a junior in high school.
His first instructor was Roger Smith the glassblower at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida.After high
school, Jay went to work for Crystal Creations in Houston, Texas, where he trained under Mark Avery, one of the top
glassblowers in the world. While associated with Crystal Creations, Jay became experienced with retail
operations, managing glass shops at Great Adventure in New Jersey and Six Flags Theme Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
Eventually, Jay returned to Florida where he established a wholesale operation, doing contract orders for large
companies in Disney World, Cypress Gardens and others. Jay also more
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