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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/

the Corning Museum of Glass

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…

inside out

inside out

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.

three curls

three curls

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.

Emily Donald textiles

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!

silver ques

silver ques

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.

Krackle Decanter

Krackle Decanter

TGIF!

This sculpture is bright and celebratory and perfect for Friday.

flutterby #5

flutterby #5

 

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.

Studio assistant Ally helps a guest make a pulled flower.

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.

textiles by Emily Donald

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

"Bello Fiori" detail

“Bello Fiori” detail

Double Flower!

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

"Blue lily pad"

“Blue lily pad”

Spring is Near…

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

Fuchsia flower

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!

April Wagner, "Flutterby 1"

April Wagner, “Flutterby 1″

Flower-of-the-Day

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

Navy spotted flower

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.

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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

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Cranberry with Cranberry Stripe ornament

Cranberry with Cranberry Stripe ornament

WDIV Interview

April is interviewed by Lauren Podell on Saturday December 6th, 2014. Click on image to watch the show!

April is interviewed by Lauren Podell on Saturday December 6th, 2014. Click on image to watch the show!

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Opal Purple Threads ornament

Opal Purple Threads ornament

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Playschool Pastel ornament

Playschool Pastel ornament

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Red with white stars ornament

Red with white stars ornament

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White with blue and red Captain America ornament

White with blue and red Captain America ornament

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Long silver ornament

Long silver ornament

annual holiday show + sale

Starts today! We hope you will stop by. We’ve got lots of great new pieces. 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday.map to studiowhiteonblackBLUE

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White threads ornament

White threads ornament

Forget “Elf on the Shelf”

At epiphany it’s ‘Alien on the Shelf”

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Orange with blue spots ornament

Orange with blue spots ornament

Annual Holiday Show – starts tomorrow

We’ve got some great looking new work so we hope you will stop by. We’re open 12-6 Saturday and Sunday.

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blue with white and red stars ornament

blue with white and red stars ornament

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White with Red stripes ornament

White with Red stripes ornament

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It’s December and our Photo of the Day series: Ornaments begins. To start our favorite classic the ‘Playschool Primary’01

Holiday Open House

Join us Saturday December 6th and Sunday December 7th 12-6pm for our annual holiday open studio. Watch glassblowing demonstrations, shop for beautiful gifts, and enjoy 15% off gallery prices. Website-invite-2 Website-invite-back-2

The Oakland Press

We had a great write up in yesterday’s Oakland Press! Read the article here or see the video here!theoaklandpress

Detroit Institute of Arts Gift Shop partnership

Want to purchase our work but want to buy it in the city? We are thrilled to announce that you can now find us at the Detroit Institute of Arts gift shop. We love our museum and love Detroit, so we’re very proud of this new relationship!
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'Red Rounds 3' glass sculpture by April Wagner

‘Red Rounds 3′ glass sculpture by April Wagner

Icicles ornaments by studio e for COTS

We’re happy to announce that COTS is our charity partner for this holiday season. We’ve created these new icicles ornaments. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each icicle will be donated to COTS. COTS exists to alleviate homelessness by providing services that enable people to achieve self-sufficiency and by advocating for long term solutions to homelessness. You can purchase these fun gifts by visiting our web store here.

New for 2014!

New for 2014!

A Craftman’s Legacy TV show

Tune in Saturday at 11:30 am on PBS for the premier of the episode of A Craftsman’s Legacy featuring April!Untitled

Our new catalog is here!

We have a new catalog featuring April’s one of a kind sculptures.  You can download a .pdf of it from our Dropbox. 2014 Catalog. Or we can send you a hard copy of it, just email us at mary@epiphanyglass.com with your street address.

‘Bello Fiori’ sculpture

'Bello Fiori' by April Wagner

‘Bello Fiori’ by April Wagner

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‘Bello Fiori’ by April Wagner

 

Commissioned in 2014 for the new edition to the St Joe’s Hospital in Pontiac, MI

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'Alabaster Rounds 2' glass sculpture by April Wagner

‘Alabaster Rounds 2′ glass sculpture by April Wagner

Happy Birthday Dale

The big Daddy of the American Studio Glass movement is turning 73 today and we want to wish him a huge happy day! Here’s an article from the Corning Musuem of Glass on his great legacy. “Dale Chihuly: A Selective Biography”

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

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'Red Rounds 4' glass sculpture by April Wagner

‘Red Rounds 4′ glass sculpture by April Wagner

Printing our new catalog

We’re having a new catalog printed of all of our great new projects. Spent the morning at Allegra Printing in Plymouth watching them finesse the color, double check all the layouts, and start the run in the press. Very exciting!

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Inspiration

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.

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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