About Vivero

I make fused glass buttons and pendants in a variety of earthy tones and vibrant colours. I use glass mille fiori, copper foil, and frit painting to create unique designs. I’m based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I will do my best to keep updating this blog with photos and information about my pieces.

Why Vivero? Many years ago, I undertook an adventure in Costa Rica – setting up a research project in a place I had never been to, and where I did not speak the language. On the trip from the capital city out into the rural area where I would be working, I saw many handmade signs along the road with the word “vivero” written on them. I didn’t know what it meant, but it was one of the first Spanish words I was noticing. I learned that it means “nursery” or “greenhouse”, and the roadside signs were made by people selling plants and vegetables from their homes. Then at the research station where I was to set up my project, I was given permission to use the “vivero” as a workspace. This was a disused greenhouse, now quite run down and without a lot of glass left in it. I wasn’t studying plants … we used the space to build cages for bats, and to build furniture out of scrap lumber for our spartan acommodations. (Actually my assistant was the one who did all the building, she was very good at it.)

So the word has fond associations for me, and it also has an indirect association with glass. So I chose it as the name of my business.

Cathy Merriman

love to do custom work. If you have an idea, let me know.

I have a selection of items for sale in my Etsy Shop. I will be updating it with new listings on an ongoing basis.

You can also find my pendants and buttons firsthand in the following shops:

The Loop, Halifax Nova Scotia (buttons)

Love, Me Boutique, Halifax, Nova Scotia (pendants)

Serendipin’Art, St. Andrews New Brunswick (pendants and buttons)
Homework, Prince Rupert B.C.


2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Margo Grant  |  Tue 3 Apr 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Cathy,

    I was web browsing and came across your site. I didn’t know you were also a glassworker. Your stuff is beautiful! Would you ever do a doorknob?


  • 2. Amanda  |  Wed 30 May 2007 at 2:00 am

    Beautiful work. I live in the States, where/how can I purchase some of your buttons?


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