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Sparklers and More

Lots of towns are doing their fireworks display tonight… are you heading out to see a show?

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The Brave, the Bold, the… Turkey?

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin had hoped that the turkey, which he called a “Bird of Courage” would be used as an official symbol of the nation instead of the bald eagle? That would certainly bring new meaning to Thanksgiving!

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The Countdown Begins!

Countdown to the fourth of July is upon us! Let’s whet our appetite for patriotism with one of epiphany’s cool red, white and blue ornaments!

White with red Stars ornament

White with red Stars ornament

Highlight on “Warp and Weft”

April’s “Warp and Weft” is a vibrant addition to this already bright and happy room. The white and red curls of this contemporary wall sculpture make an interesting juxtaposition with the traditional crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

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Smile, it’s Monday…

Happy Monday! Hope this picture brings a little smile to your face.

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About our Glass

People often wonder if they can microwave our glass or put it in the dishwasher. The short answer is “NO!” Our glass is composed of a much different combo of minerals than Pyrex, which is durable and can hold up under quite a bit of stress.
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Extra, extra!

Ever wonder what happens with all of the extra glass pieces that April makes when she creates a large work? Anything that isn’t broken gets stored away… who knows when we’ll need just the right piece!

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One-of-a-kind Decanter

Beautiful decanter and wine glass set with hand-sculpted butterfly and leaf embellishments. The butterfly decanter was inspired by the natural elements in paintings by Frida Kahlo.

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#Studiogram

The walls in our studio change pretty frequently – here’s what’s on display right now! Like what you see? Call us to make an appointment to see it in person.

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Thought of the Day

“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.” – Eugene Ionesco

Today’s April Wagner creation…”Three Stars Up One.”

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Gettin’ Clean

Sometimes our glass needs a bath. This big piece gets the spray down (carefully) – suds and all. If you have a piece of glass art and it needs a wash, fill a sink or tub with room temperature water and use regular dish soap to carefully rinse it.

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Custom Creation

This was a neat project – a handblown jar with butterflys and flowers for a Bat Mitzvah. Guests could put well-wishes or advice on slips of paper and put them in the jar! If you’re looking for a handmade touch for your special event, April can work with you to create a truly unique piece of art to complement any occasion.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! Today we raise our glass to you! (Ha. Ha. But really, what says “Dad” more than a cheesy pun?)

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The Glassblower’s Uniform

Whoever places glass into our annealing furnace gets to wear one of these snazzy uniforms – lest their hair get singed!

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The “Godfather” in Action

“The glass is alive.” So says Lino Tagliapietra, often considered the godfather of the studio glass movement. See him in action in this video from the Corning Museum of Glass.

TBT!

Throwback Thursday! Here’s an up close shot of the glass ramps that became part of the garden of greens for “Spring” as part of the “Four Seasons” series at the Stand restaurant in Birmingham. The final piece also included glass basil and fiddleheads.

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Paperweights Galore

Some of the most colorful paperweights from over the years. The colored glass in each epiphany paperweight is shaped using a mold, then covered by clear glass. Which one is your favorite?

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Award Designs

This year, we were honored to make some unique awards for the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. It’s always special to be involved with great causes in our area.

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Highlight on Gold Cirrus

April has made a lot of lighting pieces over the past few years. “Gold Cirrus” features her signature curled glass in an absolutely luxe golden color.

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Flag Day

It’s Flag Day! April made this cool flag out of handblown ornaments in red, white and blue.

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One Week ‘Til Father’s Day!

One week until Father’s Day! Our studio is chock full of sculptures of all sizes. If your dad is an art lover, stop by to pick out an unforgettable gift. Call 248.745.3786 to make an appointment.

Green Volcano by April Wagner

Green Volcano by April Wagner

Where Does Glass Come From?

Ever wonder where we get our glass? It starts out pretty simple… these bags contain silica, soda lime, limestone and other minerals in powder form. When they get shoveled into our furnace at 2000 degrees… voila! Clear glass. Our glass is soft and pliable – much more flexible than the glass you have in your pyrex containers at home.

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Dad’s Day Gift Ideas

Does your dad appreciate a great bottle of red wine? Perhaps a handsome epiphany decanter is the perfect Father’s Day gift! We also have a few square liquor decanters for the dad that prefers a nice scotch. ☺ Call us for purchasing details.

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Danish Glass Artist Showing in Cass Corridor

The Simone DeSousa Gallery in Cass Corridor is featuring Danish glass artist Pernille Braun and her piece, “What Comes Down.” Using layers of glass to make cylinders of different colors, the pieces are hung on the wall in a “musical sequence.” Check it out – the show is only up until June 20!

Pernille Braun, "What Comes Down." Photo from www.simonedesousagallery.com

Pernille Braun, “What Comes Down.” Photo from www.simonedesousagallery.com

http://www.simonedesousagallery.com/what-comes-down/

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Nest Vases

These little nest vases were a hit at our open studio in May. We’ve just got the pink one left! Call us if you’re interested.

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Live Glassblowing

Can’t make it to one of epiphany glass’ open studios or another local hotshop? The Tacoma Museum of Glass has a live feed of their glass blowers. Pretty cool stuff happens there!

http://museumofglass.org/glassmaking/live-from-the-hot-shop

Get Crafty!

This website has some neat craft ideas for anyone interested in playing around with glass at home.

http://glassart.craftgossip.com

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Partnership with American Heart Association

Wouldn’t you LOVE one of these cute stemless heart wine glasses we made for tonight’s Metropolitan Detroit Heart Ball hosted by the American Heart Association? We think this simple but bold design is pretty darn great.

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Head’s Up: Father’s Day is Coming!

Don’t forget that Father’s Day is June 21st! We have great gifts for dads, including these professional but fun pen holders from our studio e collection.

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In Memory

Paperweights with ashes inside are becoming a more popular way to remember a loved one. The epiphany ash paperweights are simple and beautiful.

The "bubbles" on the interior of the paperweights are the transformed ashes.

The “bubbles” on the interior of the paperweights are the transformed ashes.

The Planets Align…

Julie Gill certainly uses stained glass in a way that we’ve never seen before – where were the planets lined up on the day you met your love? She maps out the stars in glass to commemorate a couple’s special date.

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/alabama_glass_artist_shows_whe.html

Artist Julie Gander at work. Story and photo by Sarah Cole.

Artist Julie Gander at work. Story and photo by Sarah Cole.

Summer Summer Summertime!

Happy June! Let summer officially begin! (Ok, not *officially* until the 21st, but our state of mind is starting to drift toward the beach…)

April Wagner, "Tangerina"

April Wagner, “Tangerina”

Why Buy epiphany?

Our cat and dog bowls made for our partnership with the Michigan Humane Society are the best for your pet! Here’s why:

1. These bowls are durable! Over ¼” thick, this glass isn’t as fragile as you think!
2. Each bowl is made to be totally no-slip. The kitty bowls have rubber feet and the bottom of the dog bowls are dipped in a rubber coating so your pet can’t push them across your kitchen floor.
3. Glass won’t leach toxic chemicals or by-products into your pet’s food and water. 100% safe for your furry friend!
4. Did we mention they’re totally cute, too?

Dog Bowls

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P’s and Q’s

“Mind your P’s and Q’s!” In this piece “Pea and Ques”, the “pea” is the bold little green round in the center of the sculpture, while the “que” is the curly-Qs are the minty green curls around it. Who says you can’t have fun with your titles?

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Join us at the Garden Party!

June is almost here and that means the annual Garden Party is just around the corner! Funds raised will provide scholarships for students at the Oakland Community College Culinary Study Institute and the Macomb Community College Applied Technology programs.

Epiphany will be represented at this great event, which is full of great food and wine, and some amazing classic cars. For more info, head to the Garden Party website.

http://www.thegardenpartymichigan.org

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Zebra Stripes

Time for a little Throwback Thursday! This blue zebra makes us feel ready for a summer trip to the zoo…

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Colors galore!

An epiphany paperweight is a classic form that allows April to play with ideas about color and pattern.

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Visit the DIA Gift Shop

Did you know that you can find #epiphanyglass at the @DIADetroit gift shop? Sculptures like “Electric Crimson” are available there.

http://diashop.org

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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We remember those who served in the armed forces – thank you for protecting our country.

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White with red Stars ornament

Winter Cardoon

If you think this piece, “Winter Cardoon,” is stunning in the photo, you should see it in person! It truly sparkles when it’s under the lights.

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We need YOUR help!

epiphany glass relies on YOU, our supporters, to help us grow! If you want to help us out, click this link to Like our Facebook page, and then share it with a friend that you think would love our glass art. Word of mouth is a powerful thing!

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Glass Magic

Ever heard of a Prince Rupert’s Drop? We know there’s science behind it this phenomenon, but this video makes it all feel like magic. (Also, how cool are these high-speed cameras?!)

Doggies Galore!

Aren’t these pups the best? Call us to check color availability!

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How It’s Made: Decanters

Wanna know how April made the fabulous decanters for our open studio a few weeks ago? Play this video to see the process in action!

Sitting Kitties

Didn’t get a chance to visit us at our open studio event? Have no fear! We still have plenty of pet themed glass pieces available. These sitting kitties with different colored “spirits” were particularly popular! Remember that partial proceeds benefit the Michigan Humane Society!

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Kiki Smith’s “Constellations”

Cool video on the installation of Kiki Smith’s piece “Constellation” at the Corning Museum of Glass, which includes glass stars and animals!

Mural Workshop at DIA

Looking for a fun Sunday afternoon activity? The DIA is hosting a mural workshop in conjunction with the Diego + Frida exhibition at noon today. Artists George Vargas and Vito Valdez will lead the hands-on workshop.

http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4917&iid=

Color Craze

People always marvel at April’s understanding of color in glass… these hot transparent hues prove why everyone’s impressed!

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Paper Flower Workshop

Real flowers are beautiful, but a perfectly crafted paper flower is the next best thing. The DIA is offering free paper flower workshops every Friday night this month – family friendly and a great weekend activity!

http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4963&iid=5917

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Graduation Season is Here

It’s springtime, so the likelihood that you know someone graduating from somewhere is pretty high! Tell them you’re proud of them with a handmade gift from epiphany. Our studio e line offers a ton of great choices.

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Habatat Glass

Having a slow start this morning? Take five and check out the cool glass art included in Habatat Gallery’s 43rd International Show! The gallery is located in Royal Oak… if you can get there in person, it’s worth a trip!

http://www.habatat.com/

Quirky Holiday Day

Did you know? Today is Limerick Day! Celebrate by reciting your favorite quirky poem to a friend. (Bonus points if you can make up one about glassblowing!)

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Group Events at epiphany

Today we have a group of docents from the DIA with us in the studio. It’s always fun to have group events – if you’re interested in planning an event, call the studio at 248-745-3786. The calendar fills up fast!

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april chatting to a guest at an epiphany event.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms everywhere! We wouldn’t be here without you! (literally!)

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Cranbrook Graduate Exhibition

The last day to check out the Cranbrook Graduate Exhibition is tomorrow, so get over there and see some more amazing art! This town is chock full of good stuff… don’t miss out!

http://cranbrookart.edu/2015/04/cranbrook-opens-its-doors-to-showcase-graduate-work-and-work-spaces/

Attention Art Lovers!

Attention local art lovers! The College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition opens in one week! This is a great opportunity to support the newest class of emerging artists in Detroit. All art is for sale and a whopping 100% (yes, 100%!!) of the proceeds go right back to the student. Tickets and more info here:

http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/news-and-events/student-exhibition-opening-seo

Throwback Thursday

Time for a little Throwback Thursday! This cranberry and violet striped splash bowl is just a treat for the eyes.
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Get Your Mother’s Day Gifts Here!

If you missed our open studio event last weekend and still want to find a great Mother’s Day gift, it’s not too late! You can check out our online shop by clicking “store” above, or call the studio at 248-745-3786 to make an appointment to stop by to pick out a great piece that your mom or grandma will love!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We sincerely hope your day is filled with tacos and margaritas. Speaking of margaritas, don’t you think one of these colorful glasses would be the perfect vessel for a lemony-limey tequila drink?

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Thank YOU!

Whew! After a busy weekend at our open studio, we are wiped! But even more, we’re thankful for everyone who came out to support what we do here at epiphany glass. We love sharing art and beauty, and you all make it possible for us to keep doing that. Cheers to you!

More Open Studio Fun!

We had a great time yesterday with everyone who came out for open studios! Today is the last day to visit epiphany glass for this special event. Hope to see you here! 770 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac, MI, 48341.

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Spring Studio TODAY!

Today! Stop over at the studio as we open to the public this afternoon from 12-6. This event only happens twice a year, so join us to get your fill of beautiful colored glass and amazing artists in action. Not to mention, this is the perfect place to find a gift for Mother’s Day! Join us at 770 Orchard Lake Rd, Pontiac, MI, 48341.

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Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! We hope this spring-colored “Spyder” will inspire you to join us tomorrow and Sunday for our Spring Open Studio event. epiphany studio will be open from noon-6 each day, with live glass-blowing demos, guest artist Emily Donald and lots of beautiful artwork to view! Can’t wait to see you here…

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A great reason to buy glass

Want another reason to come to Spring Open Studios? A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Michigan Humane Society! We love animals around here and are excited about giving back to the furry friends who need it most. Open Studios is Saturday and Sunday. 12-noon. Epiphany Studios, 770 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac, MI. Hope to see you here!

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Meet the Kayan

One of the highlights of this weekend’s Spring Open Studio is the unveiling of epiphany’s new decanters. The Kayan is an oldie but a goodie, and is a classic design for a classic wine drinker. The striking wrap around the Kayan’s neck is not only visually unique, but serves the purpose of keeping your wine from dripping down the side of the decanter! This Saturday and Sunday come see our whole line of beautiful vessels.

Kayan Decanter

Kayan Decanter

Emily Donald Guest Artist

There’s a ton of reasons to stop by our Open Studio this weekend, and one of them is our guest artist Emily Donald! Emily graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with her BFA in fashion design. Since then, she’s worked in NYC for Wovenplay and San Francisco for Gymboree. Now she’s launching her own line of screen-printed textiles, Beacon & Batten. Stop by and show support for this amazing artist!

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Final Countdown to Spring Studio Show

The final countdown to Spring Open Studio begins today! This weekend, May 2-3, stop by our studio at 770 Orchard Lake Road in Pontiac to see what epiphany glass is all about. The studio will be full of beautiful hand-blown glass artwork like this amazing green volcano.

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Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY just opened a 100,000 square foot wing just for contemporary glass art! Super cool.

http://hyperallergic.com/191723/worlds-largest-space-for-contemporary-glass-art-lets-in-the-light/

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the Corning Museum of Glass

Spring Fling!

If this Zanfirico bowl doesn’t scream spring, we don’t know what does. Pinks and oranges put us in the mood to be outside in the sunshine!

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Meet the Tornado

There’s only one kind of tornado we want to see around these parts and that’s the Tornado from epiphany’s new line of decanters! This fabulous decanter is more than just a pretty face. The glass vortex on the interior actually helps aerate your wine as you pour it in by increasing the surface area that the wine touches. More surface area = better aeration! See the Tornado in action at our Spring Open Studios, May 2-3.

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Spring Weather

“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” – Mark Twain

If you get really imaginative, this sculpture “Inside Out” could represent the blustery spring winds…

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Transformation Tuesday

Transformation Tuesday!! April always makes about 50% more glass than any given project needs so that she can pick the perfect pieces for the final work. That’s how this table full of blue and purple waves became Violet Aqua Water Wall!

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Shop to Benefit Michigan Humane Society

The ladies of epiphany studios are busy getting ready for this year’s Spring Open Studios! This event is free to the public and is perfect for all ages. Come on over and see live glass-blowing demos from 12-6 pm. We will also have a limited number of spots available for you to try your hand at glass-blowing and make your own piece of art! This awesome experience is $50 per person. Call the studio at 248-745-3786 to reserve a spot.

Remember that a portion of all sales will benefit the Michigan Humane Society, so you can feel free to shop guilt-free!

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New Nests at epiphany glass

For years, people had asked April if her nest sculptures were supposed to double as flower vases. Now they definitely can! The classic tangle of glass is now wrapped around a tiny bud vase. These pretties will be available for purchase at the Spring Open Studios, May 2-3. Pro Tip: They make the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

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Grab a Drink, Diego + Frida-style

What’s better than the perfectly crafted cocktail? The perfectly crafted cocktail that’s themed to celebrate the Diego and Frida show at the DIA, of course! Take a tour of the Detroit culinary world with these restaurants that are serving Rivera and Kahlo-inspired drinks and dishes. Yum!

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150318/NEWS/150319830/12-detroit-restaurants-serve-rivera-kahlo-inspired-dishes-drinks

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CCS Alumni Show Opens Tonight

Tonight is the opening of the Re:View CCS Alumni Exhibition! Join April and other alumni at the Valade Family Gallery on campus for an opening reception from 6-8 pm.

Meet the Stella

STELLAAAA!!! Stanley and Stella may have had a fraught relationship, but we know you’ll fall blissfully head over heels for the Stella, one of epiphany’s new decanters. With graceful curved ridges around the body, this vessel is perfect for the oenophile in your life.

 

Stella Decanter

Stella Decanter

Three Curls in CCS Alumni Show

The lovely “Three Curls” will be shown at the CCS Alumni Exhibition, which opens this Friday. April graduated from CCS in 1997 and says that her experience at the school allowed her to dive into glassblowing with an intensity that she couldn’t have found anywhere else.

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Beacon & Batten

We’re huge fans of Emily Donald’s cool and fresh textiles from her new line, Beacon & Batten. Good thing she’s a guest artist for our Spring Open Studios on May 2 & 3! Stop by to see her awesome product line.

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Emily Donald textiles

CCS Alumni Show

The “Re:View CCS Alumni Exhibition” is opening this Friday, April 17 with a reception from 6-8 pm. April has two pieces featured in this show at the Valade Family Gallery on campus, including this sculpture, “Silver Ques.” The show is up until May 29, so head to Midtown and check out the awesome work being made by CCS alumni!

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Diego and Frida at the DIA

Diego and Frida are making waves in Detroit… if you haven’t seen this show yet, get yourself down to Midtown and see what everyone’s talking about!

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150322/NEWS/303229978/rivera-kahlo-shows-impact-reaches-far-beyond-the-dia

Meet the Krackle

Release the Krackle! This new decanter from epiphany glass features a delicate crackling pattern around the body of the vessel. This effect is achieved by submerging the glass in cool water at just the right moment to shock the glass into crackling but without causing total fracture. The result? A totally radical way to enjoy your favorite wine.

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Krackle Decanter

TGIF!

This sculpture is bright and celebratory and perfect for Friday.

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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday! April’s salmon Old School never gets old to us…

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You can make glass art, too!

If you’ve always wanted to make your own glass artwork, our Spring Open Studios on May 2 & 3 will give you the chance! We will be offering a limited number of spaces for you to work with a studio assistant and make your own glass creation. The cost is $50 per person and space is limited, so call the studio today to reserve your spot! 248-745-3786.

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Studio assistant Ally helps a guest make a pulled flower.

Open Studios Guest Artist

We’re excited to announce that our Spring Open Studios will feature guest artist Emily Donald and her brand new line of hand-printed textiles, Beacon & Batten! Featuring patterns inspired by vintage textiles and wallpaper, each of Emily’s pieces is crafted using natural materials and eco-friendly inks.

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textiles by Emily Donald

Meet the Bubble

The Bubble decanter will be available for purchase at Spring Open Studios. With the appearance of tiny glass bubbles around the body of the decanter, this vessel is lighthearted and fun! Open Studio is on May 2 & 3, noon-6!

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from epiphany studios!

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Meet The Saturn

At this year’s Spring Open Studios, we’ll be unveiling a new line of decanter designs. Come out to meet the Saturn, a classic decanter shape with a simple ring – it’s out of this world! (Ha. Ha. Ha.)

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Spring Studio Dates

It’s that time of year! We’re getting ready for our Spring Open Studios on May 2 & 3, noon-6 pm. This is one event you won’t want to miss – live glass-blowing demonstrations, tons of beautiful sculptures and gift items at all price points, and a chance to meet the artists of epiphany glass. And a portion of all sales will be donated to the Michigan Humane Society! It’s gonna be a fun time!

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April Fool’s Day!

Have you gotten fooled by any pranksters today? Share your funniest April Fool’s Day memories below and we can all commiserate together! ☺

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“Bello Fiori”

Well, it’s the last day of March, and that means the last day of our flower-of-the-day. We’re leaving you with April’s piece “Bello Fiori” which is a beautiful greeting to the visitors and employees of St. Joe’s Hospital here in Pontiac.

April Wagner, "Bello Fiori," 2014

April Wagner, “Bello Fiori,” 2014

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“Bello Fiori” detail

Double Flower!

The way this flower’s petals are reflected below it is just fantastic!

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“Blue lily pad”

Spring is Near…

Flower-of-the-day… April is right around the corner!

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Fuchsia flower

Prosper Magazine

Check out April in the new magazine Prosper! She’s highlighted on page 13.

http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=239158

Along with your flower-of-the-day!

Violet silver blue flower

Violet silver blue flower

Garden Party

How appropriate – a local garden club is making a visit to the studio today! If your club or organization wants a tour of the studio and a demo of some glass-blowing, get in touch with us at 248-745-3786.

Cobalt pink flower

Cobalt pink flower

Butterfly, Flutterby

Since Robert Heinlein said “Butterflies are self-propelled flowers,” does that mean that April’s “Flutterby” counts for our flower-of-the-day? We say yes!

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April Wagner, “Flutterby 1″

Flower-of-the-Day

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Navy spotted flower

Our Studio, Our Home

The 4,000 square foot studio and state-of-the-art furnaces at epiphany studios allow April to make all of these amazing flowers we’ve been showing you. This studio is truly a treasure! (And it’s not too early to put our Spring Open Studios event on your calendar… May 2-3!)

Deep purple flower

Deep purple flower

Follow us on Twitter!

Have you started following us on Twitter yet? You totally should… wink, wink, nudge, nudge.  Click the link below!

And a flower to convince you…

Orange flower

Orange flower

“Primary Fete”

“Primary Fete” is a piece of April’s from 2010. It’s abstract, but we can’t help but seeing an explosion of flowers in this one!

April Wagner, "Primary Fete," 2010

April Wagner, “Primary Fete,” 2010

Happy Weekend!

Here’s a series of red flowers by April to greet you as you sip your weekend coffee!

Three red flowers

Three red flowers

studio e flowers

The studio e line’s flower paperweights are only $36! These roses are sure to brighten up your desk.

Red rose paperweight

Red rose paperweight

Sitting Pretty

This flower is “Sitting Pretty,” hence its name.

April Wagner, "Sitting Pretty"

April Wagner, “Sitting Pretty”

Dazzling Blue

“Blue thou art, intensely blue; flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?” – James Montgomery

Cobalt and sapphire flower

Cobalt and sapphire flower

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Before you head down to the local pub, we picked a perfectly green flower just for you.

Green flower

Green flower

epiphany Lily

We call these pieces “lilies” in the studio, but they also look like a splash. What do you think about this sculpture?

April Wagner, "C's Green Lily"

April Wagner, “C’s Green Lily”

Rivera and Kahlo are in Detroit!

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” opens today at the DIA! This show is bound to be amazing – Kahlo’s work has never been shown at the DIA, and some of Rivera’s preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals will be highlighted as well.

Frida Kahlo is often pictured with flowers in her hair… so her self-portrait is perfect for our flower-of-the-day!

Frida Kahlo, "Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser," 1940

Frida Kahlo, “Self Portrait Dedicated to Dr. Eloesser,” 1940

DIA Panel

Next week, another great panel comes to the DIA! On March 18, “Packing/Unpacking” will feature conversations with artists and curators on the idea of the artist as entrepreneur and the state of the art market. http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4698&iid=

And your flower for this Saturday…

Violet and pink cranberry flower

Violet and pink cranberry flower

Dr. Seuss Inspiration

Funky Friday Flower power! This flower is inspired by Dr. Seuss (and we think you can see why!)

Dr. Seuss inspired flower

Dr. Seuss inspired flower

“Le Jardin les Enfants”

You’re getting a whole garden of flowers today! April’s piece “Le Jardin les Enfants” is at the Flint Institute of Music.

April Wagner, "Le Jardin les Enfants"

April Wagner, “Le Jardin les Enfants”

Bright yellow bloom from "Le Jardin les Enfants"

Bright yellow bloom from “Le Jardin les Enfants”

Day Dreaming

Is anyone taking a spring break vacation this year? Where would your dream destination take you? Would it have beautiful flowers like this?

epiphany flowers by April Wagner

epiphany flowers by April Wagner

Your Little World

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” – Georgia O’Keeffe.

Here’s your little world for the moment!

Violet flower

Violet flower

Little Shop of Flowers

Happy Monday! Today’s flower-of-the-day is a little different… “Little Shop of Flowers” is colorful and crazy!

April Wagner, "Little Shop of Flowers"

April Wagner, “Little Shop of Flowers”

Happy International Women’s Day!

Here’s a sea of flowers for all you gals out there. The staff here at epiphany is largely women, so we believe in girl power 100%!

studio e rose paperweights

studio e rose paperweights

Ally’s Favorite

epiphany studio assistant Ally’s favorite flower is the rocket pincushion. Never heard of it? Check out this link to see this crazy floral! http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leucospermum_reflexum_var._luteum.JPG

And our flower-of-the-day…

Spotted orange flower

Spotted orange flower

Mary’s Favorite

Our studio manager Mary Griffin’s favorite flower is the hydrangea. Here’s an epiphany flower for you!

Maroon and olive flower

Maroon and olive flower

Abby’s Favorite

Our communications and marketing manager Abby’s favorite flower is the English garden rose. Here’s your flower of the day!

Red and indigo flower

Red and indigo flower

April’s Favorite

April’s favorite flower is the classic daisy. It may not be a daisy, but we sure think this bloom is pretty.

Cranberry opal blue lapis flower

Cranberry opal blue lapis flower 

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Today’s flowers-of-the-day are courtesy of our studio e line. These flower paperweights are only $36 and come in a ton of colors! Call the studio to make an appointment to see these beauties in person. 248-745-3786.

Orange rose paperweight from the studio e line.

Orange rose paperweight from the studio e line.

Flower of the Day

Berry lemon flower

Berry lemon flower

Flower-a-Day keeps the cold away!

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” – Lewis Grizzard

We sure are ready for spring after a pretty wicked February. How about a flower-a-day to urge on some warm weather?

Fuchsia lemon flower

Fuchsia lemon flower

Amethyst Inspiration

On this, the last day of February, here’s a beautiful sculpture that reminds us of amethyst. (Probably because the color of this glass is named “amethyst.”)  The birthstone for February is the amethyst and we think it’s just a lovely color!

Amethyst "Thistle"

Amethyst “Thistle”

Memorial Glass

Glass can be used as a medium to capture cremated ashes, such as the sun catchers and paperweights featured in this article. epiphany studios has made similar paperweights for those looking for a unique way to remember their loved ones.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/jan/25/ashes-glass/

Icy Glass

These delicate, icy leaves appear frozen but are actually made of glass! Made by Israeli artist Noah Hagiladi, they seem perfect for a cold February day.

http://www.cmog.org/library/my-baby-he-used-say-picture?search=new_glass_review_search%3Ab094d4700ef46ad53e69d138305cd063&page=15

Glassmaking 101

Ever wonder how glassmaking got its start? This fun video by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, hosted by Burnie and Ash, will introduce you to 2000 years of glassmaking in about 8 minutes.

Museum of Glass’s Burnie and Ash

GAS Newsletter

In case you missed it, here’s the winter edition of the Glass Art Society’s newsletter. Lots of great content here! http://viewer.epaperflip.com/Viewer.aspx?docid=1f3a1556-3612-494a-9339-a4140120eb79

Small But Beautiful

Who knew a simple paperweight could be so gorgeous? This stunning glass piece was made by April and is part of our epiphany product line.

An April Wagner paperweight from the epiphany line.

An April Wagner paperweight from the epiphany line.

Weekend Window Shopping

Whatcha up to this weekend? How about a little window shopping at studio-e? We’ve got so many pretty things and everything’s under $100… Click “Store” above to browse around.

CIRQUE 2015

There’s still time to get your CIRQUE tickets for the DIA’s Founder’s Junior Council gala on February 28th! Fantastic food, decadent drinks, divine dancing and best of all, masked mystery… what more could you want? Join the party here:

http://www.dia.org/calendar/special-event.aspx?id=4642&iid=

Upcoming Event at the DIA

The DIA is hosting a panel discussion titled “Mavericks: The Shape of Things to Come” this coming Wednesday, February 25th at 7 PM. The panel participants will discuss the role of the museum as a creative workspace, the changing identity of galleries and how art spaces are evolving as community hubs. It sounds like there are going to be a lot of interesting ideas bounced around! Tickets are free, but required to reserve your spot.

http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4697&iid=

Throwback Thursday!

It’s another #tbt! This time we’re going back in time 10 years ago to when April created a piece for the Ross Controls world headquarters in Troy, MI. The piece was inspired by the graphic symbols that the company uses to explain their products. Almost like 5 pieces in 1, the work extends across the wall of Ross’ boardroom.

"Ross Symbols," 18' x 26" x 8," 2005

“Ross Symbols,” 18′ x 26″ x 8,” 2005

Solar Power!

Solar panels might just be the way of the future. *Especially* if they look as cool as these! Cool to see how glass art can be used to spur the excitement around sustainable energy sources.

http://www.cleanenergyauthority.com/solar-energy-news/glass-artist-incorporating-solar-into-stained-glass-010515

Mardi Gras!

We’ve been having a barrage of holidays lately! Today’s Mardi Gras, and we’re celebrating with this piece “Burberries.” Purple, green and a hint of gold remind us of a New Orleans style party!

April Wagner's "Burberries."

April Wagner’s “Burberries.”

Happy President’s Day!

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – President John F. Kennedy

Happy President’s Day! Here’s to more leaders who will support the arts in our country. Thanks, President Kennedy.

The Future of Stained Glass

Here’s an interesting perspective on another form of glass art. What do you think? Will stained glass see a revival in the near future?

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3040404/asides/rip-stained-glass

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! We love having you as our supporters, patrons, and well-wishers. Here’s a little love from us to you.

studio-e hearts in all shapes and colors.

studio-e hearts in all shapes and colors.

Your Daily Inspiration…

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Old School Throwback

Time for a little Throwback Thursday… here’s a piece from the appropriately titled “Old School” series that April based off the style she explored at CCS.

A cranberry and purple Old School sculpture with a fantastic rim of lime green!

A cranberry and purple Old School sculpture with a fantastic rim of lime green!

Coming Soon to Detroit…

It’s no new news that Detroit is attracting artists faster than you can say “cheap real estate.” Here’s another group that’s making the transition from the Big Apple to the Motor City, and they’re not ashamed to shout it from the rooftops.

http://www.galapagosdetroit.com/team/

A Bright Idea

Behold, the wonders of glass! We could use a little more Vitamin D around this time in February…

http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/intelligent-glass-architecture-delivers-healthy-do

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday, everyone! If this “Seuss Flower” from our Pinterest page doesn’t make you smile this morning then we don’t know what will!

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365706432211492528/

Here’s A Crazy Idea…

We think an art vending machine is a really cool idea! But maybe not with glass art…

http://m.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/2014/12/local-art-vending-machine-souvenear.html?r=full

CIRQUE 2015!

The party of the year will be happening at the DIA on February 28th when the Founder’s Junior Council holds its annual masked gala. This year’s theme CIRQUE: Empire, will transport you to a sultry 1930s speakeasy… it’s sure to be an amazing night! Get your tickets here:

http://www.dia.org/auxiliaries/event.aspx?id=4642&iid=&aux_id=1&cid=16

Still Time for Valentine’s!

A studio-e glass heart makes the perfect Valentine's Day gift!

A studio-e glass heart makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

Only one week remains until Valentine’s Day! It’s time to put your game face on. Don’t worry though, it’s not too late to purchase a heart paperweight from our studio-e collection. Call the studio before noon and we can ship today! 248.745-3786.

Welcome Marc!

We are thrilled to welcome Master Gaffer Marc Vandenberg to the epiphany studios team! Marc has been a glassblower for over 20 years and worked at Greenfield Village as well as creating his own art. We are excited to see where this collaboration takes us!

Marc Vandenberg at work in the glass shop, assisted by Ally Gurss.

Marc Vandenberg at work in the glass shop, assisted by Ally Gurss.

Get Your Name Out There!

It’s not too late for a New Year’s Resolution! (Ok, maybe a February Resolution…) We’re in the process of re-doing our entire website and that means lots of choices are being made about content, design, and user-friendliness. If you’re an artist looking to get your name out there, these tips on creating your own site will give you a good place to start.

http://contemporaryperformance.com/2015/01/02/productivity-creatingreorganizing-your-artistcompany-website/

Check It Out…

This glass art piece by artist Ginny Ruffner gives homage to winter with its quirky title, “Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, Of Course.” Listen to curator Tina Oldknow discuss the piece in a video by the Corning Museum of Glass.

http://www.cmog.org/video/ruffner-shirts-cherries-and-snowflakes-course

Now for Something a Little Different…

Check out this glass art piece by artist Ginny Ruffner gives homage to winter with its quirky title, “Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, Of Course.” You can also listen to curator Tina Oldknow discuss the piece in a video by the Corning Museum of Glass. http://www.cmog.org/video/ruffner-shirts-cherries-and-snowflakes-course

Gift Ideas

Happy Groundhog’s Day! No matter what Punxsutawney Phil has to say, there’s only 12 more days until Valentine’s Day! Get your rear in gear and check out our selection of glass hearts. They make the perfect gift for the love of your life, your family members, or even as a “treat yo’self” gift! Click “Store” above to shop.

Super Bowl!

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! And when we say “Super Bowl” we mean “a Super Bowl made by April Wagner such as this super Zanfirico bowl!” (Obviously.)

An April Wagner Zanfirico bowl.

An April Wagner Zanfirico bowl.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day!

January is coming to a close and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Plan ahead this year and surprise your sweetheart with a gorgeous glass heart from the studio-e line at epiphany studios! Several colors are available here on our website, or you can contact the studio to see what other colors are available.

 

Blue heart paperweight

Blue heart paperweight

New epiphany art

Just a little something pretty to brighten your day! This April Wagner piece features curls of colored transparent glass.

Three curls - lemon, amethyst, aqua

Three curls – lemon, amethyst, aqua

Challenge Detroit

Detroit is looking for its next great leaders! If you’ve got the charisma needed to help take this city to the next level, apply for the Challenge Detroit project. Thirty people will be selected to live, work, play, give, and lead in Detroit for a year. The applications for 2016 open February 1st, so get your brainstorming hat on! More info here:

http://www.challengedetroit.org

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Brrr! It’s cold out there and spring seems years away. How do you stay motivated to be productive in these dark winter months? At the studio, we like to keep our bodies moving to amp up the flow of energy. Or we just snuggle up to our 2000 degree furnace for warmth…

Houzz

We all like to daydream about our ideal homes, and Houzz.com is the perfect place to drift away on a cloud of interior design inspiration! April and epiphany studios have a profile here that allows you to see some past projects. Don’t forget to check out the positive reviews! Thanks for your support, everyone!

http://www.houzz.com/pro/epiphanyglass/epiphany-glass-studios

Happy Monday!

Shake those back-to-work blues by feasting your eyes on some of the fantastic glass art in the New Glass Review’s image collection.

http://www.cmog.org/research/publications/new-glass-review/search

Last Day of NAIAS

Today is the last day of the NAIAS in downtown Detroit. What a ride! April’s sculptures featured by Lincoln Motor Company have the sleek lines and contemporary flair that might remind you of your favorite new car.

April's sculpture at the Los Angeles NAIAS in November.

April’s sculpture at the Los Angeles NAIAS in November.

Toys in Art

Looking for something to do this weekend? Head down to the Detroit Artist’s Market and visit their current exhibition, “It’s Like Toys In Here.” Three artists “convey their own child-like curiosity through art that combines serious themes with playful interface and fun aesthetics.” Sounds like a fun time to us! The exhibition runs through February 14th.

http://detroitartistsmarket.org/exhibitions/index/

Colorful Carnations

Did You Know? The official flower for January is the carnation. These flowers have edible blooms and used to be used as flavoring agents in beer, wine and liquor! Carnations come in an array of colors, as do the beautiful flowers made here at epiphany studios.

Cranberry opal blue flower

Cranberry opal blue flower

Time is Ticking…

There’s only a few days left to hit up the NAIAS at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit! Not only are there cool cars to be seen, but April’s work is featured with Lincoln Motor Company as well!

Glassmaking Tools

Did You Know? There’s a special tool called a “battlemore” that’s especially for smoothing a flat bottom of a blown vessel or molded object. Learn about some other tools in this video by DC Glass Works.

studio-e gifts

What do you do when your brain is still burnt out on gift ideas from the holidays, but you know someone whose birthday is coming up? Why, check out the studio-e line of affordable and beautiful gift items! Each studio-e object is made by hand by an epiphany studio assistant and all items are under $100. We’ve got paperweights, ornaments, wine coasters, flower sculptures and more! Many of the studio-e pieces are available for purchase here on our website. Click over to the Store tab to see the work.

MLK Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone! Inspiring words from an inspiring man:

“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

Making Mischief

The CCS Center Galleries will be opening a new show on January 23rd called “Making Mischief: Cynthia Greig, Jennifer Dalton, Alex Gingrow, Laurina Paperina and Scott Reeder.” The exhibition features works by these artists that scrutinize (and satirize!) the systems and behaviors unique to the art world and its inhabitants. See their Facebook page for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCS-Center-Galleries/823822264335019

Calling All Car-Lovers…

Today is the day, car-lovers! The North American International Auto Show is open to the public in downtown Detroit at the COBO Center. April created 6 custom pieces for Lincoln Motor Company to use in their display at shows throughout the United States.

Garnets Galore

The birthstone for January is the garnet! Even though garnets come in a variety of colors, you probably know it in its deep red form. The stone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed prompted the name “garnet,” which comes from the word for seed. This piece, “Tempest,”  utilizes the beautiful red hue often seen in garnets.

 

April Wagner, "Tempest," 2009, 36" x 6'6" x 18"

April Wagner, “Tempest,” 2009, 36″ x 6’6″ x 18″

NAIAS Charity Preview

Today is the Charity Preview for the North American International Auto Show. Profits from ticket sales for the preview support a wide variety of children’s charities. Since 1976, the Charity Preview event has raised over $96 million for kids in Michigan!

Attention Artists!

Are you a visual artist working in the Detroit metropolitan area? Consider applying for the Kresge Artist Fellowship, which awards $25,000 to literary and visual artists of Detroit. Due date is January 22!

http://www.kresgeartsindetroit.org/2015-kresge-artist-fellowships-application-cycle-is-open/

Follow Us!

If you’re on Twitter, follow us at @epiphanyglass for more fun facts and tidbits about the studio! Be sure to “Like” our page on Facebook too to stay updated on the goings-on at epiphany.

P.S. We’re even on Google+! There’s a social media site for everyone!

Epiphany Nests

epiphany glass nests are inspired by the motions of sand and wind. These intricate pieces push the boundaries of contemporary glass and are made by sculpting multiple bits of clear glass on a spherical shape. The

A beautiful violet epiphany glass nest.

A beautiful violet epiphany glass nest.

nests sparkle like ornate chandeliers – the many strands of glass catch and reflect the ambient light.

Welcome, NAIAS!

Welcome to the Motor City, NAIAS! April created 6 sculptures for the Lincoln Motor Company that will be featured at NAIAS locations across the country.

Epiphany Glass in the News

A nice article by the Detroit News on April and her art!

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/home-garden/2014/11/20/pontiac-glass-blowing-artist-april-wagner/70024904/

The More You Know…

Did You Know? A fiery hot piece of glass can’t just cool down on any old shelf or table. In order to prevent the glass from cooling too quickly and becoming brittle, we use an annealing furnace, which starts at 900 degrees and slowly lowers the temp. Cool, right?

April at NAIAS

April’s sculpture at the Lincoln Motor Company booth at NAIAS, Los Angeles in November.

April's piece at the Lincoln Motor Company booth at NAIAS, Los Angeles.

April’s piece at the Lincoln Motor Company booth at NAIAS, Los Angeles.

Artist in Action

Lino Tagliapietra is one of the world’s most renowned glass blowers. At age 11, he began apprenticing at a glass studio in his hometown of Murano, Italy, an Venetian island with a centuries-long history of glass-making. By age 21, he reached the level of “maestro” and now he’s been rocking the glass art world for decades. Check out this video that shows Tagliapietra in action!

http://erikdemaine.org/film/glassmagician/watch/

The More You Know…

Did You Know? epiphany studios is the largest hot-glass blowing facility in the Midwest. Our hot tank furnace can hold 800 pounds of liquid glass!

NAIAS Coming Soon!

Watch out, Detroit! The North American International Auto Show is right around the corner. April’s work is being featured with the Lincoln Motor Company at select shows across the country. Here’s her piece from November’s Los Angeles show.

One of six sculptures by April for the Lincoln Motor Company.

One of six sculptures by April for the Lincoln Motor Company.

The More You Know…

What is “studio glass?” This term refers to the use of glass to create artistic sculptures or three-dimensional artworks. The American studio glass movement is pretty young – it started in 1962 when a chemist and a ceramist at the Toledo Museum of Art began experimenting with molten glass. In 1969, the museum constructed the Glass-Crafts Building, and became the first museum to build a studio specifically dedicated for teaching the art of glassblowing.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from epiphany studios!

Did You Know? “Epiphany” means “insight into the essence of an object and/or material” and served as the foundational idea behind the studio’s beginnings back in 1993.

Photo of the Day

Silver Blue ornament

Silver Blue ornament

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White Threads ornament

White Threads ornament

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Granny Apple ornament

Granny Apple ornament

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Orange and Red Gold ornament

Orange and Red Gold ornament

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White Threads ornament

White Threads ornament

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Silver Blue ornament

Silver Blue ornament

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Pink Threads ornament

Pink Threads ornament

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Pink with Long Neck ornament

Pink with Long Neck ornament

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White with Pink Spots ornament

White with Pink Spots ornament

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Czar Blue with Lemon Spots ornament

Czar Blue with Lemon Spots ornament

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Cranberry with Silver Stripe ornament

Cranberry with Silver Stripe ornament

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Green with Red Stripe ornament

Green with Red Stripe ornament

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White Threads ornament

White Threads ornament

Last minute holiday shopping

We're open this weekend for last minute holiday shopping 12-4pm on Saturday.

We’re open this weekend for last minute holiday shopping   12-4 pm on Saturday.

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Aqua with Silver Stripe ornament

Aqua with Silver Stripe ornament

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Lemon with Blue Spots ornament

Lemon with Blue Spots ornament

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Blue with White Stars ornament

Blue with White Stars ornament

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White with red Stars ornament

White with red Stars ornament

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Red Long Neck ornament

Red Long Neck ornament

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Playschool Transparent ornament

Playschool Transparent ornament