Laurie Hayden and Brook Bergey â€œmetâ€ at their 10 year high school reunion. They had never spoken to each other until that day. In fact, they each had led quite unique lives in the interim which prepared them to be very compatible when they finally did come together.
Laurie went to the University of Pennsylvania, and then immediately joined the Peace Corps after college. She lived in Africa, and then Jamaica, and travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, and North America. When she returned to the USA, she worked in the field of Art Conservation at Hearst Castle, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fusing glass was a passion that happened by accident along the way. When Laurie bought her glass kiln, she couldnâ€™t stop making glass. She says, â€œI had a big pile of jewelry already made, but what I needed was more glass. So, I had to start selling my jewelry to feed my new hobby.â€ The hobby turned into a business almost instantly, and has matured and been refined over the last 17 years. The colors of Laurieâ€™s many travels is all over the jewelry lines.
While Hayden was exploring Africa, Brook was lying in a hospital fighting to stay alive. He had gotten in a car accident, and suffered a severe head injury, a broken neck, and a severed spine. While the head and neck trauma were healed miraculously, the severed spine left him paralyzed, for now. Well, this did not stop Brook from living life to the fullest. After the accident, he went to Temple University and graduated, Cum Laude, with a degree in Art and Art Education. Although his scholastic training was in 2D design and color theory, he was a clay artist when he and Hayden met, in 1993. When they started the business together, they sold both pottery and jewelry. But, women love their jewels, so eventually the Dichroic glass jewelry became the main focus of Hayden Brook Studios. Of Brook, Laurie says, â€œHe is more alive, more secure, and in better shape than almost anyone I have ever met. He rides his bike thousands of miles each year!!â€
Since 1994, Dicro City USA has been selling finely crafted dichroic fused glass jewelry.