As July winds down, it seems like summer is fading way too quickly. Even if you’re not a fan of seafood, April’s “Summer” panel for her Four Seasons series at the Stand Gastro Bistro exudes the laid-back ambiance of a warm evening by the shoreline.


Summer Second Sale!

Tornado decanter: $360.
Tornado decanter of second quality: $180.
TWO decanters of second quality: Buy one get one half off!

The joy of seeing a beautiful and functional piece of art in your own home? Priceless.

And the BOGO applies to all seconds in the studio! Shop our Summer Second Sale this Wednesday and Thursday, 4-7 pm. See you here!


Meet Mary!

It’s Monday, so we’re continuing our “Meet the Team” series. Today, we’d like you to meet Mary! Where would we be without the guiding light of our studio manager? We’d be in rough shape, that’s for sure. Mary runs this place like a boss, taking on everything from accounting to client relationships to events. Mary has been with the studio for about 5 years and we hope she’s here for many more!


1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila…

Last week was National Ice Cream Day, but this week is a little bit more of a grown up holiday. It’s National Tequila Day! We get a lot of requests for tequila when we show off our liquor decanter sets at events. This beautiful gold set (made with real 23k gold!) is oh-so-classy.


Red + Blue = ?

Let’s play a game to see if you’re a glass expert! True or false? Mixing blue and red glass frit will give you purple glass if you put the furnace at the hottest temperature possible.


Check us out on YouTube!

We’ve been adding videos to our YouTube page recently. There are some pretty awesome shots of glassblowing in action here, so be sure to check it out! You can even subscribe to our channel if you want to stay in on the excitement.

Our paperweights are just right!

Sometimes it’s nice to have a few fun items on hand for that tricky moment when you need a last minute-hostess or birthday gift. Our flower paperweights are perfect for pretty much any occasion and they come in pretty much any color!

8 flower paperweight grouping

Truth Booth

The Truth Booth is a very cool art project organized by artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester and Hank Willis Thomas. Inside the inflatable speech bubble, visitors are asked to fill in the blank: “The truth is _____.” Responses are recorded on video and the wide array of answers is pretty eye-opening. The Truth Booth is coming to Detroit at the end of July and there will be several opportunities to see it – we definitely encourage you to go and speak your truth!

Learn more about the Truth Booth.

Image from Cause Collective

Image from Cause Collective

Weekends on the Lake

It’s that time of year where everyone heads Up North for the weekends. April celebrated the Michiganders’ love for water and lakeside living in this “Lake Michigan Chandelier.”

Lake Michigan Bubble Chandelier JPEG

Meet Chris!

Every Monday for the next few weeks we’re going to introduce you to one of our team here at epiphany. First up, meet Chris! An alum of the College for Creative Studies, Chris studied Animation and Digital Media but soon fell in love with glassblowing and never looked back. He’s a rockstar in the studio, assisting April on custom projects and bringing his own flair to studio e with a series of ornaments and pumpkins. Hands up for one awesome studio assistant!



It gets pretty hot in the glass shop this time of year. Good thing it’s National Ice Cream Day! Go out and get yourself a cone or two. What’s your favorite flavor?


Nest Vase Love

We’re just over the moon for these little nest vases. Picking a favorite is nearly impossible…



We hope your Saturday is as carefree and relaxing as the calming colors in Violet Aqua Water Wall. Sparkly aquas + sea greens + deep purples = yes.



Christmas in July

Throwback Thursday, “Christmas in July” edition! If you’ve ever wondered how April gets that perfect spiral on the Vivid Icicle ornaments, follow the link to our Facebook to see the mystery is revealed!

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Click here to see the Vivid Icicles being made!


A heart ringholder is the perfect “just because” gift. Keep it by the kitchen sink or bedside table so you never lose your favorite jewelry!

Confetti ring holder - insta sale

Blast from the (Recent) Past

Spring studio this year was a blast! We got some awesome photos from Detroit photographer Sebastian Sullen of our open studio and are having fun reliving the memories.




Physics is a Glassblower’s Friend

Using centripetal force is one of the best ways to change the shape of hot glass quickly and evenly! Then a steel rod becomes an extension of April’s hand as she shapes the piece further. Check out the video here:


Sitting Pretties

“Prepare to be Blown Away!” We love this title! Thanks to Allison Rosbury and My City Magazine for a fantastic feature on April.

Read the story here!

Photo by Eric Dutro

Photo by Eric Dutro

Odds and Ends

Do you know what this is? No, it’s not a pile of crushed ice… it’s our leftover clear glass! Whenever April blows glass, there are little pieces that get trimmed along the way. We throw these clear bits in a bin to cool down. We can recycle clear glass a few times before it loses the clarity that is so important for April’s work.

Clear Glass pile

Catchin’ a few ZZZ’s…

All work and no play makes Brahma a sleepy kitty. Happy Friday, everyone!


Throwback Thursday

We haven’t done one of these in a while… it’s Throwback Thursday! “Floating Bubbles” graces the wall at the Hideout Restaurant in Hollwood, California. With its expansive size and dramatic lighting, we can imagine a great many selfies are taken up against this backdrop.


Go, go, go FIA!

“This project is a gamechanger for us.” We echo the Flint Institute of Art’s director John Henry’s sentiments. We are happy to cheer on the Flint Institute of Arts as they break ground on their own hot shop! Very excited to see this fantastic museum invest in artmaking.

Read on here.

Transformation Tuesday

Today is “Transformation Tuesday.” Can you believe that something so sparkly, clear and beautiful starts out as a simple mix of powdered minerals? Add a little color and a whole lotta talent and voila!


Flower? Or Firework?

We usually call these sculptures “lilies” but they could just as easily be fireworks for the 4th of July! We hope everyone is having a safe and fun holiday!


Gettin’ ready for the 4th!

Our patriotic ornaments make a great statement throughout the summer. The bright colors and simple patterns are perfect for hanging in a brightly lit room – then add it to your Christmas tree in December!


Patriotic Ornaments

The holiday weekend is upon us! April created a line of patriotic ornaments that are perfect to hang in your window. The little stars are called “murrine” and start out as a cylinder of cane that is sliced into tiny discs. Then the cross-section of a star is revealed and placed onto the hot glass in the desired pattern. We still have some of these ornaments available on our web shop… click “Store” above to shop our selection!


Busy Bees at epiphany

Happy half birthday to the year 2016! What’s that saying… “Time flies when you’re having fun!” With a lot of projects on the horizon, this year is speeding along. We love being busy, though!


April installing “Primary Fete,” 2010

How to Beat the Dog Days

It’s that time of year when everyone needs to make sure to stay hydrated – and that includes your furry friends! You can give your pets the royal treatment with one of our beautiful handblown glass pet bowls. Glass doesn’t leech toxins like metal or plastic, so it’s the perfect way to make sure your pet’s drinking water is safe. And the bottoms of our bowls are no skid so you can have no worries! Each bowl benefits the Michigan Humane Society.

Shiva with small pet bowl

Dog Bowls

Making Music from Glassblowing

If you’ve ever watched even 2 minutes of glassblowing, you know what an amazing spectacle it can be. These artists are taking the performativity of glassblowing to a whole new level!

Some Like It Hot

It’s getting hot, hot, HOT here in Michigan. But the 90-degree temps are nothing compared to the blazing 2400 degrees of our reheating chamber. This gig isn’t for the weak…


Lazy Monday Morning

Monday mornings have got us feeling a little like April’s kinetic sculpture… lazily twirling whenever the breeze wafts by.



Z is for Zanfirico

Today is our last day of the epiphany alphabet and it’s a good one! Around here, Z is for “Zanfirico!” These awesome vessels are crafted with colored cane that we make here in the studio. April arranges pieces of cane in various patterns and then the cane is picked up with a gather of clear hot glass. See Marc in action as he picks up the cane for a few zany Zanfiricos.



Y is for You!

Y is for “You! (Yes, YOU!)” We probably don’t say it enough. Without the support of our friends near and far, epiphany studios wouldn’t exist. Whether you’ve bought an artwork, attended our open studio events, or introduced us to your friends, we appreciate YOU!

epiphany glass spring open studio 2016

epiphany glass spring open studio 2016

X is for X-ing Boundaries

Oy. Today’s letter of the day is X… before you judge us for this one, we challenge you to find a glassblowing term that starts with X! In the meantime, X is for “X-ing Boundaries” (as in *Crossing* Boundaries). Did you know that glassblowing is a field largely dominated by men? While we love ourselves some burly glassblowing hunks, you gotta give it up for April’s hustle and determination to make a name for herself despite the odds!


W is for Wine

We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite letter … W is for Wine! The epiphany decanters are always a classy statement. From the performativity of a Tornado decanter to the cool and sophisticated Kayan, epiphany decanters are truly works of art.

V is for Volcano

Long-time epiphany fans will appreciate this one… V is for Volcano! April recently made a few of these throwback pieces and we captured the moment for you. The Volcano is a classic epiphany piece that pairs a base of clear bitwork with a gracefully waving body.

U is for Unstoppable!

We may be biased, but we think U is for “Unstoppable!” April’s work continues to evolve as she refines her skills – even a master glass artist keeps growing and learning every day! She’s not stopping anytime soon…

T is for Tweezers

T is for “Tweezers” and no, we’re not making any comments about your eyebrows… Our tweezers are HUGE and used in a lot of different projects. If you’ve ever made a glass flower with us, you’ve used the tweezers to shape the petals!

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S is for… SO much!

As you can imagine, S is a big letter for us. S is for “Sculpture,” “studio e,” “Splash Bowls” and “Shiva” (our “Studio” kitty)! All of these S words are just part of a day’s work at epiphany glass. Jealous yet?



spst sari blue silver stripe


R is for Rondelle

Piggybacking off of yesterday’s post, we’re talking about another of the elements April employs for her sculptures. Today is R for “Rondelle!” A rondelle is a flat, circular disk that can be made in any size (as long as it can still fit in the reheating chamber!) The rondelle is created by spinning the pipe and taking advantage of centripetal force.

Q is for Ques

Bet you thought today would have us tripped up, but we are celebrating Q for “Ques!” Most of April’s sculptures involve a lot of smaller glass pieces combined together to create a larger work. A “Que” is one type of these smaller pieces – a flat ribbon of glass that twists or curls in a unique line. All of the Ques have a unique shape, but they become recognizable by their general style and proportion.



P is for Punty Rod

Today’s letter is P and our word might be new to you. P is for “Punty Rod” and we can’t make glass without one! This is the rod that attaches to the hot glass and allows us to hold onto the glass while we’re shaping it.


O is for Ornament

O is for “Ornaments” at epiphany and even though it’s not the holidays, we’re of the opinion that these gorgeous baubles can be hung all year round!

threads ornament



N is for Nest

Whether it’s one of the originals or a brand new piece, around here, N is for “Nest!” The nest works show the many ways hot glass can be used – from the delicate strands of clear glass to the clarity of each colored core, the nest vases have it all!

Silver Nest from the Silver Series

A beautiful violet epiphany glass nest.


M is for Mark

Where would we be without M for “Marc?” One of our talented glassblowers, Marc VandenBerg brings a fantastic set of skills to our studio and helps us with a multitude of projects. One of Marc’s fortes is lampworking, which is a detailed sculpting of glass. Follow him over on Instagram at @marco2150 to see some great videos of his work.


L is for Lilies

April’s most recent show focuses on L for “Lilies!” If you get a chance to make it over to the Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph, Michigan, you can see “View Through a Colored Prism,” an exhibit which highlights April’s large floral sculptures. (Not to mention, you can check out L’eau d’Vie – the largest chandelier April has ever made!)

Photo by Don Campbell, Herald-Palladium Staff

Photo by Don Campbell, Herald-Palladium Staff

Photo by Don Campbell, Herald-Palladium Staff

Photo by Don Campbell, Herald-Palladium Staff

K is for Kitties

K might be our favorite letter of the whole alphabet because K stands for “Kitties!” April is a huge animal lover and it shows through everything from our partnership with the Michigan Humane Society to the newest member of our team, Brahma. If you want to be part of the furry love here, you can shop our pet products on the epiphany webstore. Click on “store” above and then “MHS Gifts.”


J is for Jacks

Glassblowers use a very unique set of tools, one of which is our letter of the day, J for “Jacks!” The jacks consist of two long, metal arms that are connected at a spring-loaded joint. In this video, you can see April using the jacks to narrow the neck of the glass bubble she’s working with. No project happens without the jacks!

I is for Innovative

Over the years, epiphany glass has created some truly unique glass art, and that’s why I stands for “Innovative.” Whether it’s the flared body of a massive Volcano, or the delicate strands of a nest vase, April has been making work that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Watching her push the limits of glass on a daily basis is a pretty cool thing! #epiphanyABC


H is for Hotshop

ABCDEFG… H! Now that we’re back on track with our #epiphanyABC, you might be able to guess that H is for “Hotshop!” This name is especially apt as the weather warms up outside, giving our air conditioner a run for its money. April and the team start working extra early in the summer to beat the heat.

april at work 2

F is for Flowers (and Forgetting…)

Whoops – when we asked you if you knew your ABC’s, we should have double checked our own kindergarten knowledge…. We totally skipped F! Which is a shame, because F stands for “Flowers” here at epiphany! Not only does our studio have a sweet little garden outside, we’ve also got pretty flowers on the inside (and those last through the rough Michigan winters, too)!


G is for Glory Hole

The epiphany alphabet gets a little crazy when it comes to the letter G! Around here, G is for “Glass,” “Gallery,” “Gifts,” and “Gaffer” (the word for a professional Glassblower.) But maybe we’re most fond of G for “Glory Hole,” the hottest reheating chamber on the block. If you’re feeling gutsy, take a whirl with a piece of glass in this video. #epiphanyABC

E is for epiphany!

Is it cheating if we say that E is for “epiphany?” Well, we’re happy to “Educate” you on the “Evolution” of our business’s “Epithet!” When April started “epiphany” in 1996, she was “Exploring” terms that could describe her “Expertise” in creating art. “epiphany” means an insight in to the “Essence” of an object or material. That’s “Exactly” what she was doing with her creative “Experiments” in glass. And the rest is history! We hope this lesson has been “Edifying.” ;)

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D is for Decanter

D is for “Decanter” here at epiphany! Over the years, April has developed several unique designs that not only perform but look good doing it. A decanter might be a piece of functional glass, but there is definitely a fine art to making one. #epiphanyABC

Tornado Decanter with wine_sm

C is for Chris

In the epiphany alphabet, C stands for “Chris,” our studio assistant who rocks our socks! Unlike many art forms, glassblowing is definitely not a solo act. Most recently, Chris was part of the team that made over 500 glass tumblers for a special Detroit Grand Prix project. That’s persistence! #epiphanyABC


B is for Bubble

We’re continuing on with our epiphany ABC’s today and if you’re just joining us, have no fear! We’re only on B, which around here stands for “Bubble!” Many of April’s large commissions utilize the basic element of a glass bubble to create something great and marvelous. These chandeliers are the perfect example of the power of creativity. #epiphanyABC


Learn your ABC’s!

Do you know your ABC’s? You’re probably thinking, “Of course I do, DUH!” But do you know your epiphany ABC’s? School may be out for the summer, but we’re going to teach you a thing or two. At epiphany glass, A is for “Annealer,” the special furnace that the glass goes into to cool down at a slow and steady pace. This removes stress from the glass so that it doesn’t break as easily. Don’t be fooled, the annealer is HOT too – starting out around 900 degrees. (Oh yeah, and it goes without saying that A stands for “April”… :) )

What Do You See?

Happy Tuesday (that probably feels like a Monday if you had the day off yesterday)! This is a fun wall piece that reminds us of paper clips or bobby pins. Such simple forms, such a great juxtaposition!


Stars + Stripes

Happy Memorial Day! We hope you’re out there celebrating the good people who have sacrificed for our country.


Zoom, Zoom!

The Detroit Grand Prix is right around the corner! April’s “Racer” swoops with the zip and movement of any great racecar.



We get it. It can be tough (even impossible!) to buy art for someone else. What color, what style, will it “go?” That’s why we’re now offering epiphany gift cards! These can be purchased in any amount over $25 and make the perfect gift …. You can’t go wrong!


Garden Party

We’re excited to be going back to the Garden Party again this year! This is a great fundraiser that supports local students pursue their education in trade programs such as culinary studies and applied technologies. We can’t think of anything more worthy! We’ll be featuring our full line of beautiful decanters this year!

Learn more here.

garden party 2015

New Kitties in the Shop

We just updated our web shop with new glass kitties! These fun pieces have far and away been the most popular from our Michigan Humane Society series. New items include a few sleeping kitties – these go quickly, so nab them while you can! Click “Store” to shop.



360º View

“Rabbit Lives at Claire’s House” is certainly our new favorite sculpture. So many little surprises in this one!

The Glass Age Continues

Ever dropped your phone to find the glass totally shattered? Those days may soon be long behind us… part II to yesterday’s sweet video on advancements in glass. (Plus a great high-speed camera capture of a St. Rupert’s drop!)

The Glass Age

Take a few minutes today to watch this really awesome video by the Mythbusters dudes. We bet you’ll learn something you never knew before – like that the internet would probably not exist without glass! (Not to mention, their high-speed cameras are AWESOME.)

Be a Friend of Art!

April has always been involved in the local arts community. As a board member of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DIA, she gets to help plan awesome programming for those who love contemporary art! If that’s YOU, head on over to the FMCA Facebook page and give them a follow – they post fun articles on art and announcements about local events!

Find their Facebook page here.

Get involved with the FMCA and be a part of the art scene at the DIA!

Get involved with the FMCA and be a part of the art scene at the DIA!

Ah, the memories…

We’re in the process of creating a new website and so we’re re-editing a LOT of photos! This means a daily walk down memory lane. This sculpture takes us way back to 2004 when April started making her gorgeous lilies. This “Wing Lily” looks like it’s about to taking off in flight!


Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

According to our wacky calendar, today is “Be a Millionaire” day. What would you do with a million dollars? We’d probably fire up the giant furnace and make some pieces just for fun.


I Spy with my little eye…

FOX 2 in Detroit just installed a new kitchen for their cooking segments and it’s totally outfitted with April’s work! Let’s play “I spy.” How many epiphany pieces can you find?


Remembering Loved Ones

Did you know that you can keep your memories of a loved one who has passed away in a beautiful paperweight? Cremated ashes are transformed into delicate bubbles when combined with clear and colored glass.

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Celebrity Chat

Our very own epiphany “celebrity” was interviewed by the Michigan Humane Society in their recent issue of Michiganimals! Since this interview, April has adopted another little girl kitty, too!



Color, color, color

Happy Friday! Just a little shot of April’s personal collection of paperweights. Gorgeous!


Raffling the Rabbit

“Rabbit Lives at Claire’s House” has extravagant vibrancy and color. This piece traveled to Flint where it will be raffled off at the Flint Institute of Art’s Party, their annual summer fundraiser. This event is a great way to support one of our state’s major art institutions, not to mention you could go home with this beauty!

Get tickets here!


epiphany Garden

Chris is spending the afternoon in this beautiful field of flowers! Each one will be signed with the name of the person who made them at our spring studio last weekend. Thanks to all who joined in on the floral fun!


Shop epiphany from home!

Did you miss our spring show this past weekend? Have no fear, we’ve got lots of beautiful pieces available on our web store. Shop everything from studio e gifts to April Wagner sculptures!

Click “store” above to go to our shop!


Thank you!

Whew! Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend to make it a successful spring show! Your support is what keeps us going… thanks for shopping local!

Epiphany Studios

Join us TODAY!

Today’s the last day of our spring show! We won’t be open to the public again until December, so make sure you stop by today! We’ve got gifts for graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, and more. See you from 12-6 pm today!


dogs grouping

Join us TODAY!

Hmmm… it feels like something super special is happening today…. Oh YEAH! It’s the epiphany glass spring open studio! If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a glass shop looks like, or if you’re an old fan, we invite you over to our studio today. It’s going to be a good day full of glassblowing in action and beautiful art! (Not to mention you can pick up that last minute Mother’s Day gift…) Doors are open from 12-6 – hope to see you!


Gifts available include heart paperweights, pen holders, MHS pet products and more!



Sleeping Cat

Spring Studio is around the corner!

Have you heard? We’re open tomorrow from 12-6 pm for the 2016 epiphany spring show! Here’s what you can expect…

– Glassblowers in action! See how the magic is made!
– Feel the power of our furnaces running at full blast… 2400 degrees hot.
– Bask in the sparkle of colorful glass art everywhere you look!
– Pick out the perfect Mother’s Day gift … it’s not too late!
– Chat with the artists of epiphany and our MHS volunteers!

Needless to say, we’ll definitely see you here. ☺


Paw Print Fun

Happy Cinco de Mayo! For all you tequila lovers out there, we recommend a delicious margarita served up from one of our fun paw print decanters!



Keeping Families Together

This is a great blog post by Michigan Humane Society president Matthew Pepper that highlights the lengths the MHS goes to in order to keep pets with loving families. Life might throw you some challenges, but the MHS is there for you and your furry friend!

Read the post here.

Spring Studio Sneak Peek!

Check out a sneak peek of the pieces we’ll have at our spring show this weekend! Thanks to FOX 2 for hosting April last week!

Glorious Garden

Back in the depths of winter, April made a whole garden of new glass flowers. Come check out the glorious colors at our open studio this weekend!


May Day!

Happy May Day! In lieu of dancing around a May pole today, we’re just reveling in the beautiful flowers of spring.


7 Days until Spring Studio!

Ok, the official countdown is ON! Only 7 days until our spring open studio! We’re only open twice a year, so make sure you put this event on your calendar. There are still spots open if you want to make your own glass flower, or just join us to hang out and see the studio in action. It’s going to be a fun weekend!


CCS Alumni Show Opens Tonight

Looking for something to do tonight? The College for Creative Studies Alumni Exhibition will be opening at the Center Galleries with a reception from 6-8pm. April’s work will be part of the show, along with other talented CCS alums from around the country. Come on out to see some truly awesome art!


Details here.

Show in St. Joseph

April has been on the road installing an exhibit of her work at the Inn in Harbor Shores in St. Joseph, Michigan. You can see it starting May 13!

Read more here!

'Cobalt Lemon Cranberry Lily' by April Wagner

‘Cobalt Lemon Cranberry Lily’ by April Wagner

April Wagner, "Sitting Pretty"

April Wagner, “Sitting Pretty”

Flower Power

“Rabbit Lives at Claire’s House” is one of April’s newest sculptures commissioned for the Flint Institute of Arts annual Party fundraiser. This piece is such a fun celebration of nature and color!


Smilin’ at epiphany

Nothing gets our guests smiling more than the moment when they see their own creation come to life. You can make a glass flower with us at our spring show and experience the fun for yourself! We’ll be open May 7-8 and we still have open sessions on both days. Call us at 248-745-3786 to reserve your spot.


Whiskey and Ivory

If this chandelier doesn’t send your heart pitter-pattering, we don’t know what to tell ya! The subtle colors of whiskey and ivory provide a surprising but chic contrast to the muted pink walls.



Chanel Thinking Outside the (Glass) Box

A former townhouse in Amsterdam gets a stunning makeover with a facade of glass. This is such an awesome and unique way to integrate glass into architecture. Glass always seems so fragile, but used in the right way it can be an extraordinarily strong material!

See the full story here.

Photos by Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee, from dezeen.com

Photos by Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee, from dezeen.com

Party Prep

We’re getting the studio so fresh and so clean today for an event that was donated to the College for Creative Studies wine auction last fall. We love these events because we know the funds go to such a great cause!


Don’t Miss Out!

In case you missed it, our glass is on display at the Bloomfield Public Library! Our mini show is only up until April 28, so be sure to stop by to see it before it’s gone!


Try your hand at glass!

Have you reserved your spot to try your hand at glassblowing at our spring show? It’s pretty hard to do glassblowing at home (we don’t recommend playing with fire unattended…) so why not take the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art facilities? Call us at 248-745-3786 and we’ll get you set up!


Extra, Extra!

Whenever April makes a large sculpture there are always pieces leftover. And what do we do with all those extras? Sometimes they get made into coordinating artwork as in the case of “Turchina Filirana.” The clients were so in love with their wall piece that they requested a second, smaller table piece. Good thing there’s all those spare parts… :)



Bow Wow!

Today we’re spending the morning cuddling puppies and kittens at the Michigan Humane Society’s Bow Wow Brunch! Have we made you jealous? This Pawesome (ha. Ha. Ha.) event raises funds for homeless animals in our city. Such a great cause!

This retriever/husky mix, “Snow,” is currently available for adoption at the MHS. Find more info about snow here. We love how his cute ears look just like our pups!

Snow, a siberian husky/labrador retriever mix. Photo from michiganhumane.org.

Snow, a siberian husky/labrador retriever mix. Photo from michiganhumane.org.


Stella’s Got Her Groove Back

You don’t have to be a oenophile to enjoy an epiphany decanter. This Stella decanter would look just lovely displayed as a piece of art. Beauty and function coming together as one? Perfect.

Stella Decanter

Stella Decanter

New Kitty on the Block

We’ve got new kitties in our studio! Our spring show will feature these sweet friends in a multitude of colors.


Sleeping cats grouping

Throwback Thursday!

Time for a little Throwback Thursday! We love the play of colors amongst these transparent discs. And the punch packed by the colorful piece is simply terrific!



Bits and Baubles

At any given moment, our studio has a table full of sculpture parts waiting to be made into something beautiful. April really has the magic touch when she creates her sculptures!


Pinnacle Pixels

Mother’s Day Flowers

Our Mother’s Day flower-making sessions are getting booked up faster than you can say “Love ya, mom!” And what better way to show your momma a little love than to spend some quality time with her? Call us to book your flower-making spot at our open studio, May 7-8, 6-12 pm. 248-745-3786!


Happy Colors

Happy Monday! This colorful piece always makes us smile. Can you imagine getting to see this in your house every day? :)

Bow Wow Brunch

We’re very excited to be back at the Bow Wow Brunch again this year! Every year, the Michigan Humane Society hosts a fabulous brunch with silent auction items, delicious food and of course, adoptable furry friends! We’ll be there too with some awesome glass critters. As always, a portion of our proceeds will benefit the MHS. Tickets are still available for this family-friendly event – April 17 at 11:30 am! Get more info here.

Sleeping cats grouping

See us at the Bloomfield Library

April is known around Michigan as Glassblowing Month! To highlight our craft, the Bloomfield Township Public Library is displaying some of April’s works at their location on Telegraph and Lone Pine Road. Head over to see them – beautiful glass in an equally beautiful library!



Treat Your Mom!

Sometimes the perfect gift isn’t a thing, it’s an experience! Our Spring Open Studio is over Mother’s Day weekend this year, and what better way to celebrate than treating your mom to a glassblowing session? Pick up a gift card for $50 and let her make her own glass flower at our studio – it’s a lot of fun!


Springy Zanfirico Bowls

New Zanfirico bowls will star at our Spring Open Studio. These beautiful bowls are a favorite of art collectors and glass art lovers alike. To make them, April and her team utilize traditional Italian techniques to create patterns out of handmade cane. Each one is unique – we never use the same pattern twice!



Instagram Specials

Have you been loving our inside-look glassblowing videos? We’ve got even more good stuff on our Instagram. Follow us over there at @epiphanyglass!


Adam Weinberg Lecture at DIA

If you’re like us and interested in art museums, check out this lecture at the DIA by Whitney Museum of American Art director Adam Weinberg. He’ll explore how the architecture of the Whitney has evolved over the years and informs the way museum ethos. The lecture is Thursday, April 7 at 6:30.

Get info here!

Gift Cards Available

We have some exciting news! We are now offering epiphany glass gift cards! These cards are the perfect way to give someone a flower-making session at our Spring Open Studio. (Hint, hint, stellar Mother’s Day idea!)


Pets on Parade

A few weeks ago, each and every resident of the old MHS facility in Detroit trotted, walked and ran down the street to the brand spankin’ new animal care center (with plenty of stops to sniff along the way). You won’t regret watching this pet parade video – see what the MHS is all about and you’ll understand why we continue to support this amazing organization.

epiphany Colors the WHOLE Rainbow!

April (the month, not the person!) has arrived and that means spring is REALLY on its way, right? We have to admit though, we’re a bit sad that March and the epiphany rainbow is over. It was so much fun to see April’s (the person’s, not the month’s) work through the color spectrum. Let’s enjoy it one last time…


Fresh Spaghetti!

The farm to table trend is nothing new – check out these spaghetti farmers in Switzerland!

epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Clear

Today marks the last day of our epiphany rainbow! We hope you’ve enjoyed our travels through the chromatic spectrum. We’re ending the rainbow with the most classic “color” for glass – crystal clear. April’s crystal chandelier is a pure celebration of the media of glass. Sparkly from every angle, this piece de resistance is just fab!



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Gray

The smoky gray tones of this swan sculpture are anything but dreary! Sometimes a neutral palette is the most sophisticated way to go, especially if you start off with a gorgeous, clear embellished base.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Lavender

Two lavender curls top off this “Burberries” sculpture. We love the repeating circular forms layered over each other in this piece.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Violet

April made this piece for a Florida residence and it perfectly complements the mood and feel of a seaside life. The violet curls really add dimension and depth to the field.


Happy Easter!

We’re vibing on the springy colors of the Candy Shop Chandelier today. We hope all of the Easter eggs you find are full of yummy candy!



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Purple

One of the coolest parts of transparent glass is the way the colors deepen when you look through several layers at once. This purple thistle sculpture is the perfect example!


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Indigo

These little burberries are the most fantastic indigo! Sometimes you don’t need a lot going on to make a sculpture truly shine.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Navy

We’re nearing the end of our epiphany rainbow, but we’re getting into some of the prettiest colors! Blues and purples are always popular. This gorgeous lily is full of shades of navy. The play of light on a piece like this makes it seem different every time you see it.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Royal Blue

There aren’t too many royal blue flowers in nature, but the great thing about glass is that you can make it any color you want! This bright color looks so deep and reflective on the petals of one of April’s newest flowers.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Cornflower

Cornflower blue is such a lovely shade and some of the vertebrae on “Backbone” are just the ticket! When April made this sculpture for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, she included one “bone” for each of the chamber’s 100 years of activity. Local businesses make up the backbone of our community – we’re glad to be part of this body of people!



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Sky Blue

This one is a fan favorite! “L’eau d’Vie” is definitely the largest hanging piece April has undertaken. With hundreds of hanging components, the visual effect is certainly impactful. We love the sky blue color that makes up so many of the hand-blown orbs.

L'eau de Vie-8' x 12'-Glass

April Wagner 'L'eau d'Vie' Chandelier V2 8'd x 12'l

epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Seafoam

Seafoam dreams await for you within this sweet sculpture. April achieves a soft, wrapped-up feel here – quite the feat when you’re dealing with glass!


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Turquoise

The epiphany splash bowls are definitely a fan favorite. The stripes of this turquoise striped bowl shows off the curving perimeter of the vessel. Simple choices like color and pattern really count in a piece like this!


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Olive

Olive is our color of the day and we’re really loving the muted green tones in April’s “Earth” sculpture from the Four Elements series.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Emerald

Legend says that when you look at mythical Medusa with her snake-filled hair, you’ll turn to stone. Not so much with April’s “Medusa” nest. That emerald green color teeming throughout is just stunning!


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Kelly Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What a coincidence that our color of the day for the epiphany rainbow is kelly green! April’s “Delta” sculpture for Strategic Staffing Solutions is one of our favorites. Although its completely monochrome, the beautiful curls and swirls make this sculpture exciting and dynamic.



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Lime

It’s a day for bright, sassy LIME as we color the rainbow here at epiphany! This little sketch sculpture is almost exactly the color of the citrus fruit. Now who’s ready for a little lime in their margarita? “You put da lime in da coconut and drink it all up…”


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Chartreuse

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may have noticed that April uses the word “juicy” to describe a particularly great sculpture. This sculpture is named “Juicy” and ow, ow! That chartreuse color is oh-so-bold.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Tan

Tan probably doesn’t strike you as the most exciting of colors, but today this beige gets an epiphany rainbow makeover! “Sahara Dancer” has anthropomorphic qualities as the two dancers engage in their tango.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Gold

“All that glitters is gold…”

April’s Gold Cirrus Chandelier certainly sparkles like all things gold! The rich color is perfect for its warm surroundings.



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Yellow

Today’s color is yellow and this sculpture actually seems to be celebrating the vibrancy and excitement of its own hue! We see a dancer leaning backward and reaching up with an extended arm. This is the best part about art – seeing something beautiful and inspirational in simple shapes and forms.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Lemon

The color lemon feels so fresh after a long winter. “Insolent Dragon” rears its bright head with attitude. It certainly spices up this contemporary dining room.



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Peach

Peach is the color of the hour in this sculpture, “Three Sahara.” Each curl is such a subtle, sophisticated color. We’re loving it.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Tangerine

The glass really glows in this shot of “Solar Flare” for today’s color, tangerine. This hot color is so spicy!



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Orange

To highlight today’s color orange, we have a really unique sculpture made for the Farmington Hills City Hall. The glass blades slowly spin as air moves throughout the atrium of the building. April hasn’t made a ton of kinetic sculptures, but this one is pretty darn cool.



epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Mango

We see shades of mango in April’s “Feu Nymphe.” In fact, this curly pyramid contains a lot of shades of tropical fruits – we see oranges, bananas, pineapple… and now we’re hungry.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Red

Day 6 of our epiphany rainbow is red. Sometimes we overlook primary colors as too plain, but “Red Sentinel” destroys any notion of plain or boring. This sculpture stands at the ready and looks totally fierce.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Merlot

Merlot makes us think of that perfect glass of red wine, but today we’re eyeing the wine-colored hues in this peaz bowl. Each pea is blown individually and then assembled into the bowl shape after the glass cools. The result is a funky, textured bowl that makes a bold statement.


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Magenta

Today’s color of magenta is wrapped up in April’s sculpture “The Tempest.” Shakespeare’s play featured a wild storm and this sculpture is just as wild and tangled as any stormy night. The jewel tone color of the sculpture just makes the storm more furious!

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

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

epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Fuchsia

Day 3 of our epiphany rainbow calls for this fuchsia nest vase. These minis have been pretty popular lately. They’re the perfect size for a single bloom but look equally lovely as a standalone statement piece. (Who could ever get enough of those delicate crystal strands??)


epiphany Colors the Rainbow: Pink

The epiphany name is well-known for producing stunning paperweights in a rainbow of colors. Today’s color is pink and we are loving these paperweight’s particular hues. They are cheery and rich and happy, happy, happy!



epiphany Colors the Rainbow

It’s March here in Michigan and that means spring is likely still a ways off. So in the interim, we’re going to blow up your newsfeed with color, color, and more COLOR! Throughout the month of March, we’re going to color the rainbow with epiphany. We’re starting with the most lovely shade of rose, embraced here in one of April’s Que sculptures.


It only comes every four years…

Happy Leap Day! In some old traditions, any man who rejects a woman’s proposal for marriage on Leap Day must buy her 12 pairs of gloves. Ha! (But maybe 12 pairs of gloves would prove useful in our Michigan Februaries.)

In other news, here’s a funky flower to commemorate this funky day.


Feline Sensibility

Shiva contemplates color choices. What, you don’t leave your creative direction up to your cat?


Mighty, Mighty Furnace

If you’ve ever visited our studio, you’ve likely seen us working out of our three main furnaces – one that holds clear glass, one for reheating the glass while working on it, and one for warming the pipes. But did you know that we have a fourth MEGA furnace? This baby is reserved for the super huge pieces of glass. Wowza!


An Apple a Day…

How fun is this apple ring holder? That apple looks good enough to eat…


Zany Zebra

A black and white Old School vessel is perfect for this Throwback Thursday. Those stripes are so zany and the red lip caps the whole thing off perfectly! Not for the faint of spirit, this piece…


Beacon & Batten

Remember Emily Donald, our guest artist from last year’s spring open studio? Her company, Beacon & Batten, is brimming with the best hand-crafted home goods. We’re particularly fond of the Striped Circle hand towels.

Shop Beacon & Batten here!

Photo by Emily Donald.

Photo by Emily Donald.

Secrets Revealed…

The secrets of glassblowing revealed… (spoiler: not much has changed in thousands of years!)

Brand NEW Zanfiricos!

Have you seen our new Zanfirico vessels yet? This technique is inspired by traditional Venetian glassblowing combined with April’s keen eye for fantastic color and pattern combinations!



First Look

If you follow us over on Instagram, you’ll get the first look at lots of pieces, including our new little kitty friends! (Have we convinced you yet?)



Love Your Pet!

According to our wacky holiday calendar, it’s “Love Your Pet Day!” We’re on board. We love our studio kitty, Shiva. And thanks to our partnership with the Michigan Humane Society, she can eat her lunch in style with these awesome glass food dishes.

Shiva with bowls

Tropical Waters

It’s about that time of year when we start dreaming about sandy beaches and warm afternoons under a hot sun. But for now, we’ll settle for daydreams inspired by our Tropical Waters flower.


Contemporary Crystal

Throwback time! When you hear “crystal chandelier” you probably think of a super traditional light fixture with faceted crystals and maybe electric candles. April’s version is… shall we say… a bit more contemporary. :)



Women in the Arts in 2015

We’re proud to be a studio that is owned and operated by a strong female artist. Articles like this can be disheartening, but are also important in bringing light to the distance we still have to go to reach equality in the arts.


Cover Artist

This might be the first time we can say that one of our glass pieces is gracing the cover of a published book! Robin Moyer visited our studio to get the inside scoop on glassblowing for her book “A Gathering of Glass,” which features a glassblower as the main character.

Check out more about this book here.


April has been SEEN!

“Working with glass is immediate and responsive. It has an organic quality in the way that it moves and flows, but it always surprises you.”

We’re stoked that April was recently featured in the Detroit lifestyle magazine Neighborhood Seen!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be mine, Valentine!

red heart paperweight 2

Last Day for Valentine’s Shopping

Today is the last day that epiphany is open to the public until May, so hurry over to get your fill of beautiful glass art before it’s too late! Stop by between 10-3 to see our Valentine’s Day gift options. Your sweetie will love a thoughtful and beautiful piece of art!


Open Studio TODAY!

epiphany glass is OPEN today from 10-4 for Valentine’s Day shopping (or just any kind of shopping, really). How could you resist these beautiful ring holders? At only $25 each, you can get one for all your friends!


Pink Coat

Throwback Thursday time! “Pink Coat” is an exciting exploration of movement in rose-colored hues. We love how the arms of this sculpture reach upwards all while resting on a single swooping tail.


Hearts on Hearts

We’re seeing hearts everywhere and April’s sculpture is no exception.

'Captured Hearts 1' by April Wagner

‘Captured Hearts 1′ by April Wagner


Millions on Millions

Did you know… over 180 MILLION Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year! Whoa! We’re not sure * quite * as many heart paperweights have been gifted, but it might be close. ;)


True Blue

Who says hearts have to be pink? These gorgeous shades of blue are perfect for a lover-of-all-things chic.


Lampworked Horse

We don’t do this kind of glasswork, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless! You’ve gotta have quick hands to sculpt hot glass.

Free Gift Boxes!

Did you know that we can include a nice gift box with any online order? Dress it up with a pretty ribbon or keep it clean and minimal with plain white.

Shop at www.epiphanyglassstore.com!


Wine and Chocolate

Everyone knows that a little wine and chocolate can go a long ways on Valentine’s Day. How about serving up your vino in a beautiful epiphany decanter? A drink that good deserves a beautiful vessel.

Tornado Decanter with wine_sm

Decanter Grouping_sm

Subtle Beauty

New pumpkins in the most gorgeous subdued hues. That stony tan pattern is so good.


Happy Zanfirico Colors

We are in love with the patterns and colors in our Zanfirico bowls. And yes, you can use these photos as your phone wallpaper! ;)




A Little Poem for You…

“Flowers and candy are all fine and dandy, but our advice to impart is to surprise with a heart!”

Check out our hearts in the web shop or call us to check on color selections! 248-745-3786.


Celebrating Quirky Holidays

Did you know that today is official “Fun at Work Day?” (We’re not sure how official this actually is, but we’re rolling with it…) We work hard here at the studio, but getting to make incredible art is pretty fun too. So we’re basically celebrating Fun at Work Day every day! ;)


Hey, YOU!

Psst! We’re holding a flash sale on Instagram tonight at 8 pm eastern time. Don’t forget to check us out by following @epiphanyglass. What will the mystery item be?


New MHS Items Available!

It might be a new year, but our partnership with the Michigan Humane Society is still going strong! We’ve added some new items to our web store that benefit the MHS. This little fuchsia and lime kitty is looking for her “forever home!” Find this cutie in our web store under “MHS Gifts.”


Ring Bling

Planning on putting a ring on it this year? Get her a heart shaped ring holder for her to put that ring on!


The Magic of Color

We’re honored to be featured in CODAWorx “Magic of Color II” issue of their magazine! April’s “Le Jardin les Enfants” was chosen for its superb use of the brightest hues!

Click here to see the magazine.

April Wagner, "Le Jardin les Enfants"

April Wagner, “Le Jardin les Enfants”


Heart of a Dog

Fun Friday! We have a great idea for you this weekend. Head over to the DIA to see Laurie Anderson’s magical film, “Heart of a Dog.” The film even features Anderson’s piano-playing pup! The film screens tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday… check out the DIA’s ticketing site to get your seat!

Heart Paperweights

‘Tis the season to embrace all things hearts! We love our heart paperweights and we think you will too. Sweet and classic, they make great gifts.


Start a New Tradition…

It’s Wine Down Wednesday! Never heard of it? It’s the best way to celebrate Wednesday, and it’s even better with an epiphany decanter! These Tornado decanters look so great with a beautiful red wine.

Tornado Decanter with wine_sm

Snow Caps

When it snows, our outdoor ornaments get little frosty caps. It’s the little things, people.


Happy MLK Day!

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. We have a great resource in our city at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and they have a terrific day of events planned to celebrate MLK. If you’ve got the day off, head on downtown to see what’s going on!

Check it out here.


Coming soon!

Follow us on Instagram @epiphanyglass to check out our upcoming flash sale! This is a new endeavor for us and we’re excited to be offering some fun pieces.


Winter Pumpkins

Last week we got busy making colorful pumpkins. Believe it or not, these are popular all year round!



Apply for a Kresge Award!

We think Detroit is one of the best cities in the world (dare we say THE best!?) for artists. Our community is engaged, passionate, and hardworking. The Kresge award is a great chance for Detroit artists to expand their work – only a few more days to apply!

Click here to get application information.

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday time! This sculpture is definitely has “wow” factor! “Copper Spike” is aptly named and shines with a special vibrancy.


Get ready for the heart parade!

Is it true? Could it be? It’s a fact, people. Valentine’s Day is only a month away! Our heart paperweights make the perfect gift for your sweetie, best friend, or family member. Peruse the color selection on our web shop!

Studio e heart paperweight

Studio e heart paperweight

It’s a wee bit chilly….

Brrr! It’s COLD out there! If you’re the type to embrace these chilly temps and sparkly snow, you might like this Silver Blue Ques sculpture. The color and iridescence of the glass reminds us of a frosted scene.


We’re Crazy for Zanfirico!

Have you heard? Our gaffers have been busy making brand NEW zanfirico bowls in some pretty incredible color combos!! A few of them are already on sale… nab them up because we have a feeling these gems are gonna go quickly!


Fresh and Clean for 2016

Last week we did a big reorganization of the studio. Everything feels so fresh and so clean now! Small items have found their homes in padded drawers. If you love order and systems, this one’s for you!


Tropical Waters

It will probably still be a while before we see little buds poking their way through the dirt here in Michigan. In the meantime, why not invest in a beautiful glass flower that will never wilt or fade? This Tropical Waters flower is just the ticket.


Throw the best “Just for kicks” party

January always seems to bring about a nice reprieve from the crazy schedule of the holiday season. But what if you’re finding that things are a little * too * quiet? Consider hosting a “just for fun” winter party at epiphany! Our furnaces will keep you and your friends warm as you make glass flowers with our studio assistants and enjoy the cozy ambiance of our studio. Call us for details and pricing! 248-745-3786.


Flashback Friday!

Let’s try a little something different this week… Flashback Friday! These “2 Blue Stars Up” might be tangoing, hugging, or conversing. Even the relatively simple forms of this sculpture seem to set a scene for a story!


Commissioning your OWN art!

Does your new year’s resolution include bringing more art into your life? (If not, we think it should!) This year, think about adding a piece of custom art to your home. Commissioning a piece of artwork doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. These “Flutterby” pieces were done to play off the vibrant colors of the surrounding wallpaper. Call us to find out how the process works!


It’s epiphany!!!

Happy epiphany! This might just be our favorite holiday of the year… wonder why? ;) (But yeah, Christmas is officially over.)


What Inspires You?

The new year is a great time to brainstorm fresh inspiration for new projects. What gives you the best inspiration? April often looks to nature – plants, animals, and all the wild patterns and colors of the earth! These little sea friends seem like they’d offer the perfect palette for the next April Wagner creation…


Feeling the Blues

Will we ever see the sun again?? Winter blues have got us down, but this hot orange and red lily feels like a ray of much-needed Vitamin D.

transparent red and orange lily

Follow us on Instagram!

One of our New Year’s resolutions is to grow our presence on Instagram! We’ve already got a few followers, so come on over and join the party with @epiphanyglass! We post a lot of behind the scenes pictures there that we don’t post anywhere else. We’re also going to experiment with some flash sales of studio e gifts there as well. Find us at www.instagram.com/epiphanyglass!


What do YOU want to see?

Thanks for following us in 2015! You guys are why we’re here on the intrawebz. What kind of content would you like to see in 2016? We’ll do our best to make it happen!