Mary Hong’s glass art inspired by the water (PHOTOS)

Mary Hong
Scott Stanfield
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

Mary Hong has lived surrounded by the ocean in Hawaii, and now she is surrounded by water again in Destin.

Hong is a glass artist who gains inspiration from the water, no matter where she is. She then turns that inspiration into artful glass designs for your home.

Hong has worked with glass for the past 13 years. She discovered it while living in Hawaii, where she resided for 14 years, when she took a vacation in Athens, Greece. In Greece, she came across beautiful glass beads that she took back home with her to Hawaii. When she met a master glass worker and saw him work at his kiln, she was hooked, and wanted to create her own pieces.

When Hong and her husband decided to leave Hawaii, they bought a lot in South Walton sight unseen. Hong had never been to this area before, but trusted her husband's judgment.

"We just decided to come and give it a try," she says now. "I moved here and didn't know anyone."

But that has worked out fine as she now says that everyone she has met here is so nice and she loves the community. And since having twins, she is putting a life of travel behind her and says she and her family are settled and are here to stay.

However, the Hongs decides to sell their lot in South Walton and moved to Destin to be closer to the airport since her husband is a pilot for Delta airlines.

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