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Well said by a master of his art form!

Neil Gaiman – Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012

The Art of Detroit

The Art of Detroit

The Art of Detroit

Join us for an evening of luxury as we explore the Art of Detroit at Saks Fifth Avenue Troy. A fundraiser for the College for Creative Studies. Detroit restaurants, custom cocktails and a luxury giveaway all promise to ignite your imagination and delight your senses. Fabulous entertainment by Ben Sharkey and glass art by April Wagner of epiphany studios.

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'Red Rounds 2' glass sculpture by April Wagner

‘Red Rounds 2′ glass sculpture by April Wagner

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'Red Rounds' glass sculpture by April Wagner

‘Red Rounds’ glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

“There is a space between man’s imagination and man’s attainment that may only be traversed by his longing” Kahlil Gibran

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'2 Lemons, Red, and Lapis' glass sculpture by April Wagner

’2 Lemons, Red, and Lapis’ glass sculpture by April Wagner

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'Alabaster Rounds' by April Wagner

‘Alabaster Rounds’ by April Wagner

Glass toys

IMG_1362 The Human Torch thinks he’s going to be our new assistant. Little does he know it doesn’t pay very well.

Glass tools

SONY DSCAlmost time for new gloves in the hot shop. Rated to 1200 degrees and made from Kevlar but the glove fabric breaks down over time, developing holes in the areas that touch the glass the most.

Splish Splash our glass is taking a bath

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Getting this sculpture all cleaned up. The best way to clean glass? Soap and lukewarm water!

Gifts recognizing excellence

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We were proud to be asked to create the gifts for this year’s Focus Hope Honorees – Attorney General Eric Holder and Senator Carl Levin. Congratulations to both, heroes in the battle to overcome racism, poverty and injustice.

What happens in the glass shop, stays in the glass shop

When the glassblowers go away, the toys in the shop like to play.

When the glassblowers go away, the toys in the shop like to play.

Waiting to become

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Yesterday's bounty. Waiting to be made into colorful fun sculptures.

Introducing Yourself as an Artist

It seems like an easy thing to do to introduce yourselves as an artist, but sometimes it’s hard to be your own best promoter. Check out this interesting article from the Art Biz Blog on why it’s important.

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Leftovers from the casting project we just did. We can recycle it once because it’s clear glass only.

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Saying bye to this custom commissioned wall sculpture.  It’s off to its new home in California. 

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Happy 4th of July!

The United Ornaments of epiphany

The United Ornaments of epiphany

Business Blog for Artists

We really enjoyed reading the articles in the arts blog ‘Business Blog for Artists‘. Especially fun to read the trends for 2014 article at this mid-way point in the year and to see that everything still holds true.

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Captain America ornaments

Captain America ornaments by studio e

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'Salmon and Gray Ques' by April Wagner

‘Salmon and Gray Ques’ by April Wagner

Why Artists Fail at Business

It’s hard being an artist. Never give up! Be smart and fight to do what you love. Reading good articles like this one will help you be the best you can be.

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'Firecracker' by April Wagner

‘Firecracker’ by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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'Gray, Orange, Aqua, and Lime Ques' by April Wagner

‘Gray, Orange, Aqua, and Lime Ques’ by April Wagner

Business of Art

Local artists take note of this great, and free, networking opportunity and lecture Thursday night at Wayne State in Old Main.

Panel Discussion: The Business Of Art

Junk Science or Fact?

We read this interesting article and couldn’t decide. After looking at everyone’s fingers in the studio, we thought they all looked the same.

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'Green lily' by April Wagner

‘Green lily’ by April Wagner

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In honor of the solstice 'Summer' from The Four Seasons sculpture for The Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham, MI

In honor of the solstice ‘Summer’ from The Four Seasons sculpture by April Wagner for The Stand Gastro Bistro in Birmingham, MI

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass dictionary

'Tweezers' - a hand tool made from stainless steel allowing the glassblower to grab onto the glass pulling and shaping it.

‘Tweezers’ – a hand tool made from stainless steel allowing the glassblower to grab onto the glass pulling and shaping it.

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Who pays artists?

UntitledWe thought this was a pretty interesting website Who Pays Artists

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'Blue Lily Pad' by April Wagner

‘Blue Lily Pad’ by April Wagner

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’3 Stars Up’ by April Wagner

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Silver mini by epiphany studios

Silver mini by epiphany studios

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'Orange 6' by April Wagner

‘Orange 6′ by April Wagner

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Silver Nest from the Silver Series

Silver Nest from the Silver Series

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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'Blue Spikes' by April Wagner

‘Blue Spikes’ by April Wagner

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'Blue Loon' by April Wagner

‘Blue Loon’ by April Wagner

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"Burberries 7" by April Wagner

“Burberries 7″ by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Timne to give our favorite diamond saw a bath and clean all the glass dust out.

Timne to give our favorite diamond saw a bath and clean all the glass dust out.

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Fiddlehead bowl

Glass dictionary

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Glass dictionary: Striping – a technique of applying a different colored glass on the outside of a form. Starting at the end closest to the pipe and spiraling to the bottom.

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IMGP0653Sometimes, but not too often, things end up not making it. This was looking like a nice piece, but now it’s scrap.

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Our wine decanters aren’t just for wine!

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Behind the furnaces is where true craftsmanship is revealed.

Behind the furnaces is where true craftsmanship is revealed.

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Some of our favorite paperweight designs.

Some of our favorite paperweight designs.

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Time to start decorating the yard with glass again.

Time to start decorating the yard with glass again.

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276--BW-CA nice example of the reduction process (when you pull the silver and gold to the surface and trap it there).

Glass dictionary

115Glory Hole – An insulated drum, which is heated with a natural gas/ forced air burner system to approximately 2400 degree Fahrenheit. Used throughout the glassblowing process to reheat the glass piece being worked on. Most glory holes have some type of door system, opened via handles, to accommodate larger pieces.

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Photo of the day: ’3 Sahara’ by April Wagner

Going for a ride

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Not only does our glass get the best views and go to the most exotic places, it gets there in luxury. We thought that our client’s new convertable Maserati was the perfect way for his set of custom wine decanters to travel to his house.

Spring Show + Sale

A HUGE thank you to all of our amazing clients! Thanks for coming out this weekend and making it a fantastic show! Without you, we couldn’t do what we love to do!

Spring Show + Sale

We had a great day yesterday at the shop, lots of new faces, good demos, and great sales! Thanks to all of our awesome clients for supporting us! We’ll be open today from 12-6 pm. Stop by and see us.Spring-show-back

Oakland Press

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Look who is on the front page of today’s Oakland Press! 

Paying taxes with art

Antonio ‘Gritón’ Ortiz beside one of his conceptual nudes in his Mexico City apartment studio. (Eva Hershaw)

Antonio ‘Gritón’ Ortiz beside one of his conceptual nudes in his Mexico City apartment studio. (Eva Hershaw)

We love this idea, Mexican artists get to pay thier taxes with art! Read the article in The Atlantic

Spring Sale + Sale

Looks like the site is working again, so time to remind everyone about the show this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you!Spring-show-back

Website updates

Bear with us while we are making some updates to our website. All the parts built in Flash are undergoing some updates. Thanks for your patience!

Zanfirico bowl

From our new Zanfirico series of pieces, available for sale at our Spring Show + Sale this weekend. Sat/Sun 12-6 pm20140429_123622

Zanfirico Bowl

Available for sale at our Spring Show this weekend.

Available for sale at our Spring Show this weekend.

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St Joe’s Hospital Oakland

 

'Bello Fiori' by April Wagner for the new addition to the St Joe's Hospital

‘Bello Fiori’ by April Wagner for the new addition to the St Joe’s Hospital

Public opening on Saturday April 26th

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"fire on the Water' by April Wagner

“Fire on the Water’ by April Wagner

Spring Show + Sale

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Spring has sprung

It’s been a long tough winter at the studio. We’re looking forward to getting out and getting around on the cruiser. bike

Installation day 2

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Got the (wo)man lift all loaded to go up.

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Some of the parts for the chandelier we are installing today.  Over 400 pieces!

Tax time

All artists hate the words, but yes, soon it will be time for the Taxman. Here’s a great article for artists to read about bartering and the tax implications.

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wpid-20140327_142400.jpgCable layouts for the chandelier.  Almost 200 of them!

Installation day

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Here’s our blank wall. Wish us luck. 3 days on the (wo)manlift, 32′ off the ground.

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The master plan for our next big installation. A lot of time goes into the planning for large scale works. This piece will be 10 ‘ d x 10′ h. Pictures of the final install in a couple of weeks.

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3 light Opal Chandelier – looking up from below. 

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Color samples for ” Gonzo” sculpture. 

New projects

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View from the bottom of the Elga chandelier. 

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Detail from yesterday’s chandelier installation at the Elga Credit Union in Flint, MI.

New domain locations

Interesting and exciting report about new domain locations on NPR this morning. How about .art instead of .com?

http://artdomainname.com

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Installation day

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Getting the ceiling prepped to hold a new glass chandelier. 

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Sculptures in progress.  Love the white walls and good light in the studio.  A blank canvas for creativity. 

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Sophisticated shipping method.  Patent pending. 

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“Flutterby 2″ glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

“Sex is like art. Most of it is pretty bad, and the good stuff is out of your price range.” ~Scott Roeben

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Detail of “Backbone” glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ~Anne Sexton

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Detail of glass sculpture by April Wagner

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“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” ~Oscar Wilde

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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“Art is literacy of the heart” ~Elliot Eisner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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“It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.” ~André Gide

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‘Gonzo’ by April Wagner

Inspiration

Don’t be afraid to find inspiration anywhere you can. Here’s a great article on how to appropriate inspiration!

Stare, Share, Steal, and be willing to look stupid

Stare, Share, Steal, and be willing to look stupid

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

“If it adapts itself to what the majority of our society wants, art will be a meaningless recreation.” ~Albert Camus

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso

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12 Light Crystal Chandelier by April Wagner

12 Light Crystal Chandelier by April Wagner

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'Novae Flos' by April Wagner

‘Novae Flos’ by April Wagner

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“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso

Glass Art Society Conference

The conference starts today in Chicago. We’ll be there. Want to know how the American Studio Glass movement got started? Check out this great article ‘The American Studio Glass Movement’

Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton

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“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Try to be better than yourself.” ~William Faulkner

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“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time, it’s just that others are behind the times.” ~ Martha Graham

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“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. ~Gloria Steinem

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton

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April Wagner glass sculputre

April Wagner glass sculputre

Ides of March

“Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to hear. And since you know you cannot see yourself so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself that of yourself which you yet know not of.” Shakespeare – Julius Caesar download

That’s right!

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Glass flower by April Wagner

Glass flower by April Wagner

Glass Dictionary

Amphora : (from Latin) A jar with two handles.

Amphora

Amphora

Inspiration

“Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
― William Shakespeare

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

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”Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

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”We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ~Dr. Seuss

Why you should own art

We can’t live without art. Maybe you think you can, but read this great article about why art makes your life better, we bet you have a whole new outlook after.

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

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“We dance for laughter, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes,  we create the dreams.” ~Albert Einstein

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

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“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~John W. Gardner

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“To be an artist is to believe in life.” ~ Henry Moore

International Women’s Day

epiphany is an all female glass studio and we are proud to celebrate International Women’s Day today.

April and Ally working on the studio

April and Ally working on the studio

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“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien

‘crizzling’ is our new favorite word

A great glass term that means:  An imbalance in the (glass) batch due to an excess of alkaline flux or too little stabilizer will cause crizzling, a chemical instability resulting in a fine network of cracks and deterioration of the glass.

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“If you have time to judge other people you have way too much time on your hands. Get off your ass and do something meaningful.” ~Shane Gibson

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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder

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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder

What is glass?

We try to explain this all the time. Here’s a great definition of glass “it’s own state of matter” aka super amazing.

'What is Glass'

‘What is Glass’

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~Albert Einstein

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If you can’t beat them, join them. If you can’t join them, it’s probably because you just tried to beat them. ~Unknown

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'Cobalt Lemon Cranberry Lily' by April Wagner

‘Cobalt Lemon Cranberry Lily’ by April Wagner

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“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~J.K. Rowling

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'Red Rounds' by April Wagner

‘Red Rounds’ by April Wagner

Great party!

Everyone had a great time at the studio last night watching April do her magic. 

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Private event tonight!

Hosting a big private event at the studio tonight for 150 people. Little bit more than what we normally do so we put up  a tent. Had to dig out a snowbank or too but Old Man Winter didn’t stop us.

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More space no problem!

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glass sculpture by April Wagner

She said yes!

One of our client approached us with a fun little custom project. He wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a unique way on Valentine’s Day. She was the “apple of his eye” so he asked us if we could make a ring holder on a bed of leaves hidden under an apple. Not something we normally make, but we thought it was such a sweet sentiment that we couldn’t refuse. Brings a little tear to our eyes to think of how we were part of their special moment.

custom apple ring holder

custom apple ring holder

 
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Thanks for the great shots Andrew Potter!

April Wagner - photo credit Andrew Potter

April Wagner – photo credit Andrew Potter

The Big G

One of our favorite tools, but scary hot when the doors are open and it’s on.

The Big G

The Big G

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Commissioning artwork

We love making art on commission. Here is a great article with tips for artists and collectors to demystify the process. The more questions and dialogue the better the piece will turn out.

Glass Dictionary

At-The-Fire : The process of reheating a blown glass object at the glory hole during manufacture, to permit further inflation, manipulation with tools, or fire polishing. at the fire-078 - Copy_0_0

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April Wagner glass sculputre

April Wagner glass sculputre

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working in the shop

working in the shop

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

How to blow glass

How to Blow Glass

How to Blow Glass

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Happy Valentine’s Day

We heart all of our wonderful patrons. Thank you for your support! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Studio e glass hearts

Studio e glass hearts

Chocolate and Glass

Our 2 favorites have some great qualities in common in this great article. Just in time for Valentin’s Day too. This is too yummy. Chocolate and Glass: A Tasty Comparison

Fudge and Glass

Fudge and Glass

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I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart. - Pope John XXIII

Studio e glass heart

Studio e glass heart

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

Studio e blue and pink heart paperweight

Studio e blue and pink heart paperweight

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'Captured Hearts 1' by April Wagner

‘Captured Hearts 1′ by April Wagner

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April Wagner 2013

April Wagner 2013

Somewhere sunny here we come!

Can’t wait to be inspired by all the amazing sea life we’re going to see once we are completely tired of sitting on the beach and doing nothing. sea-anemone-by-frank-chen

Virtual Glassmaking

After doing our glass cane project for the FJC/DIA we realized how fun and cool this program to make your own cane is.
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Our hearts are full of love

Studio e red heart

Studio e red heart

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We’d love to try making something as cool as this. So beautiful!bulb-tentacle-sea-anemone-24M1235-15

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So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. - Helen Keller

Studio e blue heart paperweight

Studio e blue heart paperweight

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Nature is the most amazing place. Look at the great color and forms!Sea-Anemone-sea-life-161191_1024_769

Ambassador Magazine

Thanks for the great write up on April and the studio!

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April Wagner in Ambassador Magazine 2024

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like something handmade

Need a great gift for that special someone? Check out our Studio e line of handmade glass hearts in our online store. Give them something as unique as they are.

Studio e hearts in all shapes and colors.

Studio e hearts in all shapes and colors.

 

Client comments

Got all choked up reading this great note from a client ~ “I believe in you and your work and this will be a collectors’ piece that my grand kids can take to “The Antique Roadshow” and tell a warm story about an April Wagner piece.” Making work that is meaningful is so gratifying.

10 Art Blogs

Some we liked, some we didn’t. Check them out and decided for yourself.

South Detroit

Thank goodness! We have been so confused for years. We like to think of ourselves as being from north Detroit.  Steve Perry answers the South Detroit question from Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin”

Steve Perry tells all

Steve Perry tells all

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Home is where the heart is. - Pliny the Elder

Studio e heart paperweight

Studio e heart paperweight

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“Whatever you are, be a good one.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the year of the Horse, but check out this great little sculpture by April ‘Chinese Dragon’

'Chinese Dragon' by April Wagner

‘Chinese Dragon’ by April Wagner

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April Wagner 2012

April Wagner 2012

Sea Life

Absolutely stunning image of underwater life. Then you read it’s 2 Sea Slugs mating. Go figure.

Sea Slugs

Sea Slugs

Inspiration

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” ~A.A. Milne

Tools

Haven’t tried the dry cutting yet….SONY DSC

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“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ~Pema Chödrön

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“Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” ~Duane Hanson

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April Wagner 2013

April Wagner 2013

Antiques Roadshow

We’re waiting on the day we see one of our pieces on this show. Here’s a great article on why all artists should watch it.