Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Emily studied art history and design at Duke University. She opened Emily Holmes Design, a wholesale stained glass studio, in New Jersey in 2005. 

In 2009, Emily relocated to a small island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has continued her love of making handmade glass, jewelry and art. Her love of light and color shines through in each handmade creation.

Emily's best-selling items are the colorful Christmas trees that sparkle day or night. They incorporate carefully-selected vibrant and interesting pieces of art glass, making each item special and truly unique.