Silvering in Action

If you’re wondering how we get gold and silver leaf (which is extreeeeemely fragile) onto our new decanters, check out this video!

Drum Roll Please…

For those of you who were guessing along with us as we released clues about our latest project, the answer is HERE! We’ve been making these fantastic decanters that are embellished with gold and silver leaf. The design is a striking contrast from other epiphany decanters with their unique, contemporary look. Each decanter will be available with a matching set of FOUR (remember the clue?) glasses. We have a feeling everyone will want to get their hands on these…



Pink & Purple Pumpkin

Don’t you love our alliterative title? This little beauty is perfect for the color-lover in your life. The lilac and pink on this pumpkin is just WOW! Only $40 for this one, call us at 248-745-3786 if you’d like to purchase!


Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

April is a proud member of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art auxiliary at the DIA. The FMCA is a great group for anyone who loves the fantastically diverse array of what we call modern art. As a member of the auxiliary, you get access to some of the coolest events offered at the DIA and rare opportunities to get behind-the-scenes. If you want to learn more, check out the FMCA Facebook page or Twitter at @FMCA_DIA.


It’s the Time of the Year for Pumpkins!

It’s a TGIF kinda day for sure! We’re celebrating October with our beautiful handblown pumpkins. Each pumpkin we post this month is available for purchase at our studio. If you’re interested, give us a call at 248-745-3786! This pumpkin is just gorgeous – a photo can’t do it justice! The blues and greens meld together in an almost watercolor-esque effect. This lovely creation is $70 and definitely one-of-a-kind.


CARE Night this Saturday

This Saturday, we will be teaming up with CARE House to raise funds for their critical mission of preventing child abuse and helping victims and their families. April’s artwork will grace each table at the gala, with partial proceeds from each sold piece going right back to CARE House. If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, consider CARE House. Learn more here:


Image from Carehouse.org

Image from Carehouse.org

Mystery Project Clue #4

The last day of September calls for the last clue for our mystery project!

When you’ve had a long day
And need much celebration
epiphany’s got you
And your favorite libation.

We’ll be revealing the full project soon… stay tuned!

April on FOX 2!

Catch April on FOX 2 Detroit tomorrow around 9:15 am! She’ll be talking about our partnership with CARE House at their CARE Night gala this weekend. The event is a great opportunity to join us in raising crucial funds for an organization that fights for the welfare of children in our community. More info can be found at carehouse.org.

Book Your Holiday Party with epiphany!

Book your office holiday party with epiphany! An event at our studio is one that you’ll remember forever. You can try your hand at glassblowing and get an up close and personal demonstration of one of the coolest forms of artmaking around. We offer a lot of flexible options for parties. Call us at 248-745-3786 for more information about booking your event!


Travel with the Glass Pilgrim

Follow the “Glass Pilgrim” as he travels around the world to share insight about the art of glassblowing. This video from the Corning Museum of Glass is chock full of great info about our favorite medium.

4 Ques

“4 Ques” is a beauty, don’t you think? April’s skill in combining colors is top-notch and one of the things that people love about her art. This piece brings us a bit of tranquility in the midst of a busy month.



It’s Friday and that means we’re ready for the weekend to start! We’d like to spend the day lying flat on our backs and it would be even better if we could stare up at the ceiling and see this view of one of April’s lighting works. What a way to spend the afternoon daydreaming…


It’s Throwback Time!

Throwback Thursday! “Orange Thistle with 3 Peas” is a unique combo of some of April’s well-known forms. This sculpture could be reminiscent of a flower or a flame. What do you think of when you see this piece?

Photo by Sebastian Sullen

Photo by Sebastian Sullen

Last Week for Here Hear

This week is going to be full of Nick Cave events, and it’s the last chance to get involved before “Here Hear” leaves Detroit! Tomorrow is the world premiere (yes, really!) of Cave’s new film “Up Right: Detroit” debuting at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. Tickets are still available, so get yours today! Then this Saturday, join fellow Detroit-ers at Milliken State Park to see THIRTY life-sized horse-sculptures parade along the river. These events are not to be missed! Hit up Cranbrook’s website for more info.

Image from cranbrookart.edu.

Image from cranbrookart.edu.

Turchina Filigrana

Any mantle can benefit from a stunning work of art above it. April’s “Turchina Filigrana” brings the WOW factor to this living room with its beautiful array of blue and crimson curls. The owners of this home collect art and artifacts from a wide variety of sources, and April’s piece plays perfectly with the rest of the room’s gems.


Nick Cave Premiere THIS WEEK!

Don’t miss the world premiere of Nick Cave’s “Up Right: Detroit,” this Thursday, September 24 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This event includes a cocktail reception and Q&A with Nick Cave! Plus, all proceeds benefit the museum’s education programs. It’s going to be a great night – hope you can join!


Image from cranbrookart.edu.

Image from cranbrookart.edu.

The Best Gifts in Life are from epiphany

It’s never too early to start shopping for the holiday! And what better place to get something for your favorite person than the epiphany glass web shop! This free form vessel would be perfect for just about anyone. Click “store” above to shop.


Clue #3

Ready for another hint about our super secret project in the works? Lucky you, it comes in poem form once again.

Our glass is quite pretty
Not a single eyesore
With this upcoming piece
You’ll look good as you pour.

Any guesses now?

“Up Right: Detroit”

It’s not everyday you get to pick the brain of a world famous artist. At the world premiere of “Up Right: Detroit,” Nick Cave will be answering questions about his new film and you’ll be able to hang with him and Cranbrook Art Museum curator Laura Mott at a cocktail reception. This event is definitely not to be missed! More info here.

Throw. Back.

Say it with me, everyone: Throwback Thursday! This fabulous piece from 2009 features rainbow ques and is just everything we love about April’s work – color, movement, and a surprise around every curve.



Every so often, we like to share artists who are working with glass in other ways besides handblowing. Alexander Tylevich hangs panels of dichroic glass in this wide open atrium to allow the light to play off each panel in sparkling color.


Photo by Tim Griffith

Photo by Tim Griffith

Nick Cave Premiere

Have you had a chance to see the Nick Cave “Here Hear” exhibit at Cranbrook Art Museum? There’s going to be a really special event on September 24 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – the world premiere of “Up Right: Detroit,” Cave’s film featuring his soundsuits on display like never before. The premiere event includes a reception and Q&A with Nick Cave and Curator Laura Mott. All proceeds benefit the museum’s education programs, too! Purchase tickets here:

Image from cranbrookart.edu.

Image from cranbrookart.edu.

Join us for CARE Night

On October 3, we will be supporting CARE House of Oakland County at their charity ball. April’s glass art will be on display and for sale, with part of the proceeds benefiting this very worthy organization. CARE House advocates for children who have been abused and offers treatment and recovery plans, as well as works to prevent child abuse throughout our community. We hope you will join us for this event, which we know will prove to be fun and very worthwhile!

Click here for more info.


Happy New Year!

It’s the first day of Rosh Hashanah! It is customary to eat foods that haven’t been tasted yet during the year, and the pumpkin is one of these! Happy New Year, everyone!


The Power of Social Media in Detroit

Behold the power of social media! Jet Blue challenged citizens around the country to vote for their city to receive 100,000 books as part of the Soar for Reading program. It’s super cool to hear that Detroit was the winner by an overwhelming number of votes! This means that 100,000 books will be distributed to kids throughout the city to help instill a love of reading and learning and to help them start and grow their own personal libraries. Pretty amazing! Check out the video below to see the reveal announcement.

A Day to Remember

Today is a day of remembrance for many of us. We will not forget the lives of those lost on September 11, 2001, nor will we forget the many who sacrificed their lives in the long aftermath. Thank you to those who continue to protect and serve our country.

Throwback Thursday

It’s our favorite time of the week – Throwback Thursday! (And we hope you enjoy these fun posts, too!) This throwback takes us back a whole decade to 2005 when April created this amazing “Lilac Swan.” For those of you who are more familiar with April’s sculpture, you can definitely see some of techniques that she still uses in her current sculptures. It’s cool to watch her career progress through photos!


Give Yourself a Paw Print Present

If you’re the type to embrace color and you happen to be an animal-lover, these paw print glasses are just for you! We have several colors left waiting to find their “forever homes.” ☺ And remember that part of the proceeds go to the Michigan Humane Society! Awesome!


Clue #2…

Here’s a new hint about our upcoming mystery project, and it comes in poem form!

Two may be company
And three’s just a crowd
But four is quite perfect
Of this project we’re proud.

Any guesses of what we’re working on?

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone! We work hard at the studio to create exciting new art and fantastic glass sculptures. Cheers to you, whatever your work may be! We hope you can pursue it with passion and vigor.


Website Revamp in the Works

We are in the process of a major overhaul on our website. It’s important to us that our site is easily navigable and shows off our images. What’s important to you when you visit an artist’s website? We really wanna know, so comment below!

Inside Out Glassblowing

This video from the Corning Museum of Glass gets you up close with glassblower Martin Janecky, who sculpts a horse head from inside the glass form. It’s a pretty cool and impressive technique and even cooler when you get to see it from inches away!

Flashback Friday

Normally we do a Throwback Thursday, but how about a little Flashback Friday to mix it up? This Deep Green Lily really has the semblance of a water lily with its bright purple “flower” in the middle. There’s just something about those glass petals springing forth that we can’t get enough of!


You’re Invited!

You’re invited! Join us at the closing reception for April’s show “Glass Lily Garden” at the U of Michigan’s North Campus Research Center next Wednesday, September 9 from 5-7 pm. This is a rare opportunity to see many of April’s lily sculptures displayed together in a beautiful field of color and form. The show is located in Building 18. (Get directions here.) We hope to see you there!

Click here for more info on the show!


Welcome, Fall!

It’s the last day of August, which means fall is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be harvesting fall fruits and veggies. These beautiful gourds that Aprils created for the Stand in Birmingham are a foretaste of what’s to come!


Ultra Violet Craziness!

These photos show just how dynamic glass art can be when it’s hung on a plain wall with some dramatic lighting. The shadows created by the twisting arms of “Ultra Violet” make the piece seem so much larger than it is and add extra energy to the already wild form!



3 Light Opal Chandelier

April’s Opal Chandelier is a beautiful mix of contemporary colors and forms. The blues and aquas are punctuated with hints of gold and just the slightest touch of purple. This photo shows off how well the light matches the resident’s beautiful rug, too. One of April’s strengths as an artist is assessing the current space and making art to enhance the existing furnishings and ambiance. Three LED lights illuminate the glass in this chandelier in the best way. A truly stunning work of art!

3 Light Opal chandelier  web

Be a Glassblower!

Did you know that you can come into the studio to make your very own sculpted glass flower? Our studio assistant, Ally, will work with you to make a completely unique flower. This is a really cool experience that allows you to get a taste of what it’s like to make glass art! Call the studio at 248-745-3786 for more info!

flower making 2

Throwback Thursday (Stripe Edition)

You know what time it is… Throwback Thursday! Today we’re looking fondly upon the striped splashes of yesteryear. The stripes applied to the outside of these vessels emphasize their curvaceous form. Not to mention, they look super spiffy!

spst cranberry silver stripe

spst emerald green silver stripe

Women’s Equality Day

Happy Women’s Equality Day! This special day was passed by Congress in 1971 to commemorate the passing of the 19th amendment on August 26, 1920 which granted women the right to vote. We are a studio owned and managed by women, so of course we’re in full support of this holiday!


You can still help the MHS!

We’re still donating a portion of proceeds from any studio e animal item to the Michigan Humane Society! If you haven’t gotten around to ordering your favorite little kitty or pup, call us to make an appointment to stop by the studio! Many MHS items are also available through our web store under the tab “MHS Gifts.”

Sitting cats spotted

Happy Monday!

Epiphany’s rainbow paperweights have always been popular. And why not? The range of color in these small objects is simply amazing.


Diamond Bloom

We love how the glass fins on artist Curtis Pittman’s “Diamond Bloom” reflect the light at different times of the day in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s crazy how this simple material can do so much and be manipulated in so many ways! (That must be why we love it so much.)


Photo by Sean Deckert

Photo by Sean Deckert

Photo by Sean Deckert

Photo by Sean Deckert

Banglatown Happening

Food? Art? Food AND art coming together for one big delicious installation? We’re all in. “Banglatown” is a Detroit neighborhood known for its large population of residents from Bangladesh as well as its thriving arts community. This event invites you to join artists for a full-sensory introduction (yes, more than just taste and smell!) to the cuisine of Banglatown. Sounds delish!

Click here to learn more!

Photo from Modeldmedia.com

Photo from Modeldmedia.com

Still Life with Two Plums

Artists Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick created this gigantic bowl of glass fruit, “Still Life with Two Plums.” It’s bold, colorful, and reminiscent of the Michigan fruit we love. How ‘bout THEM apples??

Food for Thought

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike

This studio is our breathing space, where epiphany creations are inspired and produced.


Summer Saturn

Summer is a great time for dinner parties on the patio. Make the most of yours by serving a great wine and presenting it in a great decanter! This Saturn decanter is pure class with its simple shape. And that planetary ring does more than look nice – it provides another surface on the interior of the decanter for the wine to hit as you pour, aerating it to perfection!

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We don’t want to think about it, but the end of summer is looming out there. The long days and endless nights are just so great, and April’s “Velo” seems like it’s made out of Michigan sunsets.


Virtual Lily Tour

If you don’t get a chance to stop by the University of Michigan to see April’s “Glass Lily Garden” show, you can take the virtual tour here!

video of show

Cool Blues

“Agave Sketch” is perfect for a weekend at the lake. Look at that beautiful blue splash!


A Quick How-To in Glassblowing

When you see a piece of blown glass that has a beautiful even stripe pattern on it, chances are it was made in a fashion similar to this! You need even spinning of the rod and a thin string of glass applied around the blown glass. This is why glassblowing is a team effort – these stripes can’t be made by one person!



We noticed that #CalmYourselfIn4Words was trending on Twitter a few days ago… What would your 4 words be? We’re thinking “Lose Yourself In Color.” This detail shot of April’s Candy Shop Chandelier does the trick for us! Go to April Wagner projects > Lighting in the tab above to learn more about this project!


Throwback Thursday

Time for a little throwback because it’s Thursday, of course! The green and cobalt in this Old School vessel are just divine. And that pop of pink on the rim? Ow, ow!


Interested in Glass Classes?

We get a lot of inquires about glassblowing classes, and while we do not offer traditional classes here at epiphany, our friends at Michigan Hot Glass are well-equipped to show you the ropes of glassblowing! Their classes are perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience.


Glass Art Galore

The University Medical Center in New Orleans can boast two new glass art pieces – both totally different from each other. Ray King’s “River Spirit” features geometric planes of glass suspended from the ceiling while Dale Chihuly’s “Crystal Blue and Amber Tower” is installed in a reflecting pool allowing each curving piece of glass to shimmer in the face of the water. We wouldn’t mind getting an appointment at this place!


Dale Chihuly, "Crystal Blue and Amber Tower," University Medical Center, photo by John D'Addario

Dale Chihuly, “Crystal Blue and Amber Tower,” University Medical Center, photo by John D’Addario

Ray King, "River Spirit," University Medical Center, photo by John D'Addario

Ray King, “River Spirit,” University Medical Center, photo by John D’Addario

More Great Art at U of M’s NCRC

The closing reception of April’s show “Glass Lily Garden” on September 9 will also celebrate other works on display this summer at University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Center. These include selections from the N’Namdi Collection, such as pieces by Alvin D. Loving, Charles McGee and Gilda Snowden in a show entitled “Abstract View: Detroit.”


Glass Lily Garden

We’re excited to be featured by the University of Michigan’s STAMPS School of Art and Design. There’s still time to go see April’s show “Glass Lily Garden” at the North Campus Research Center in Ann Arbor!



Great Gift Idea

Our studio e heart paperweights make the perfect wedding gift. What better way to show a great couple that you love them than by giving them the gift of art?


Happy Friday!

It’s a fabulous Friday here in Michigan! Let’s celebrate with this completely breathtaking piece, “Current Leaves.” Over 200 individual pieces are suspended together to create one unified work. “Current Leaves” lives at the Midwest Medical Center in Dearborn.



Throwback Thursday

Time for a little Throwback Thursday! This cool blue frosted nest brings just the right amount of icy chill to a warm August day. These frosted nests are also called Serocco Nests. The frosted finish is added after the glass is done cooling.


New Items in our Shop!

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) we added a bunch of new pieces to our web store. Now you can have your own epiphany glass art even if you’re one of our more faraway friends. Click “Store” above to shop!


Paw Print Decanters Still Available

We had a great time at the Pawte Cuisine with the Michigan Humane Society last week. We still have some paw print decanters with matching glasses available for sale. Call the studio or send us a message if you’re interested!


FOX 2 – Home of epiphany glass!

We might not have caught these newscasters with the most serious expressions on their faces, but we’re pretty pumped about that beautiful aqua epiphany free form on the set of FOX 2 Detroit! Awesome!


International Friendship Day

Today is International Friendship Day! We are thankful for your friendship, whether you’ve attended one of our open studios, bought an epiphany glass artwork, or kept up with us on social media. Today we celebrate you!


Nature Inspiration

We can’t believe it’s August already! Let’s start the month out with something fun – these flowers become totally clear when exposed to water. April gets a lot of inspiration from nature and we think these blooms will inspire you too!


Photo from website linked below.

Photo from website linked above.

Golden Nest Vase

A nest vase gets ready to go in the annealer. We’ll have a lot of new colors of these pretty pieces at our Holiday Show in December!


Want epiphany Updates?

Do you want to stay up-to-date on epiphany happenings and projects? We can add you to our mailing list, and we’ll let you know when we finish a cool new custom piece or give you the inside scoop on our open studio events. Don’t worry – we’ll never spam you – mailings go out around 4 times a year! Email abby@epiphanyglass.com to let us know you’d like to be added to our list.


April Wagner Sculpture

Did you know that sculptures like this one are available for sale on our website? Or if you’re local, call the studio to come see a piece in person. This sculpture is small yet vibrant – perfect as a touch of excitement and color in your home.


Cane of all Colors

This colorful cane is made by hand here at our studio. It seems like there are infinite color and pattern combos – all beautiful! Cane is used to make designs in larger pieces of glass art, like this Zanfirico bowl.



Save the Date!

On September 9th, the University of Michigan will be hosting a closing reception for April’s show, “Glass Lily Garden.” The reception will be free and open to the public, so head down to Ann Arbor and join us for a nice evening celebrating this great show! The exhibit is installed at the North Campus Research Complex.


What is “Fazzoletto?”

Ever heard of the word “fazzoletto?” It might sound like a kind of yummy pasta, but it’s actually an ancient technique of glass blowing developed by the Italians where the glass is blown in free form. April has always used this method and added her own twist to the technique, combining fresh colors and adding sculpted elements to some pieces of blown glass. The result is truly breathtaking!

April Wagner, "Tangerina"

April Wagner, “Tangerina”

Life Trees

About a month ago, a new artwork titled “Life Trees” was installed at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. It was made by the Detroit Design Center and features handblown glass elements. It’s good to see glass being used in art around the city!

epiphany Trumpet Vases

Flashback Friday to epiphany’s sleek trumpet vases! These pieces are a technical feat, requiring the glassblower to stretch her arm up to 2.5 feet away from the bench while keeping everything centered. The glass loops at the bottom are sculpted onto the end of the trumpet so that the entire work is one piece of glass. Crazy! These guys really sound the horn for the weekend, no?


Sculpture of the Day

“Silver Amethyst Thistle” is just the most lovely shade of purple. We are officially in love!


Pet Urns

Did you know that epiphany glass has started making pet urns? These custom pieces are such a special way to commemorate your best fur friend. Call the studio for more information and pricing.

Pet Urn - Cat low res

Glassblowing in Action

A lot of the techniques in this video are ones that we use here in the studio! We make our own colored cane and use it to make beautiful custom pieces.

City Sculpture

If you’re local to Detroit, you might want to check out City Sculpture – a new park filled with monumental sculpture by Robert Sestok. It looks like quite the adventureland!


Photo by Brandy Baker from the Detroit News.

Photo by Brandy Baker from the Detroit News.

New Kresge Fellows

The new winners of the Kresge Award were announced recently. Looking forward to seeing what these artists come up with in the next year!


The visual artist Kresge Fellows. Photo from www.kresge.org.

The visual artist Kresge Fellows. Photo from www.kresge.org.

Sculpture of the Day

It’s Friday! Here’s a wild sculpture to start your weekend off right. “Red Sentinal” is bold and quite the stunner, if we do say so ourselves.


Pantone Creations

Pantone’s color of the year is the sophisticated and understated Marsala. April used this hue as inspiration for these two new sculptures!



New Items Available!

We’ve freshened up our web store with a lot more of April’s epiphany sculptures. Check it out! Anything you see can be safely shipped direct to your home. Click “Store” above to see what we’ve got. This free form bowl is gorgeous with its stunning silver rim.


Cooking with Glass

Are you a foodie AND an art fan? This video shows how you can combine your two passions.

Michigan Made

Michigan-Made is a great website that offers a wide selection of products for purchase that are all (you guessed it) made in Michigan! Our studio e heart paperweights and pen holders are also available here.



Aventurine Adventure

Want to know how we get that sparkly effect in some of our pieces like this blue pen holder? This sort of glass is called “aventurine” and includes copper salts in the chemical makeup of the glass. It used to be called “goldstone” and has been thought to bring good fortune!



CODAworx “Transformative Walls”

Did you get a chance to scroll through the online magazine by CODAworx that features “Bello Fiori?” The theme was “Transformative Walls” and April’s piece sure fits the bill. The lobby wall of St. Joe’s Hospital was literally a blank canvas before April created her bright and beautiful floral collage across it.


Make Your Own Glass

Have you ever wanted to make your own glass, but don’t have access to chemical elements OR a 2000-degree furnace? Play this game from the Corning Museum of Glass instead. It’s *almost* the same as the real thing. ;)


Beverly Fishman Sculpture

Cranbrook Academy of Art’s own artist-in-residence, Beverly Fishman, produced these colorful pill-shaped blown glass sculptures. It’s cool to see what other glass art is being made in the area!

Photo from www.habatat.com

Photo from www.habatat.com

Transformation Tuesday

It’s Transformation Tuesday! epiphany studios has gone through a lot of transformations over the past 18 years. From developing the classic epiphany pieces to expanding into three distinct brands – studio e, epiphany, and April Wagner, the studio is constantly evolving. Thanks for following us over the years – here’s to many more!


Lilies Galore

Don’t you love this beautiful curving line of lilies on the wall at University of Michigan? These sculptures are on display as part of April’s show, “Glass Lily Garden” at the North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor. At the studio, the lilies are usually displayed on shelves, but here they take on a whole new look by being hung vertically!


Here, Hear!

Guess who’s here? Nick Cave and his amazing Soundsuits, that’s who! “Here Hear” is an exhilarating exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum, and if you like color, sound, movement, texture or dancing, this is the artist for you. The show is up through October 11, and the summer will be filled with different events to show off the vibrant, sculptural costumes that Nick Cave dubbed his “Soundsuits.” This one’s a don’t-miss!


Photo from www.pbs.org.

Photo from www.pbs.org.

Independence Day!

Happy birthday, America! You’re looking swell at 229 years old! We love April’s patriotic ornaments. They’re so cheerful and celebratory!

White with blue and red Captain America ornament

White with blue and red Captain America ornament

Sparklers and More

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


The Brave, the Bold, the… Turkey?

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


The Countdown Begins!

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

White with red Stars ornament

White with red Stars ornament

Highlight on “Warp and Weft”

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



Smile, it’s Monday…

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


About our Glass

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

Extra, extra!

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


One-of-a-kind Decanter

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



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


Thought of the Day

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

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


Gettin’ Clean

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


Custom Creation

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


Happy Father’s Day!

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


The Glassblower’s Uniform

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


The “Godfather” in Action

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


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



Paperweights Galore

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


Award Designs

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


Highlight on Gold Cirrus

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



Flag Day

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


One Week ‘Til Father’s Day!

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

Green Volcano by April Wagner

Green Volcano by April Wagner

Where Does Glass Come From?

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



Dad’s Day Gift Ideas

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

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Danish Glass Artist Showing in Cass Corridor

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

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

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


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Nest Vases

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

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Live Glassblowing

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


Get Crafty!

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


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Partnership with American Heart Association

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


Head’s Up: Father’s Day is Coming!

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



In Memory

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

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

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

The Planets Align…

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


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

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

Summer Summer Summertime!

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

April Wagner, "Tangerina"

April Wagner, “Tangerina”

Why Buy epiphany?

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

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

Dog Bowls

Shiva with small pet bowl

P’s and Q’s

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


Join us at the Garden Party!

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

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



Zebra Stripes

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


Colors galore!

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


Visit the DIA Gift Shop

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



Happy Memorial Day!

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

White with red Stars ornament

White with red Stars ornament

Winter Cardoon

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


We need YOUR help!

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


Glass Magic

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

Doggies Galore!

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

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How It’s Made: Decanters

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

Sitting Kitties

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

Sitting cats grouping

Kiki Smith’s “Constellations”

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

Mural Workshop at DIA

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


Color Craze

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


Paper Flower Workshop

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


Calendar-Paper Flowers

Graduation Season is Here

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


Habatat Glass

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


Quirky Holiday Day

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


Group Events at epiphany

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

april chatting to a guest at an epiphany event.

april chatting to a guest at an epiphany event.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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

a heart filled with love for all moms.

studio-e hearts in all shapes and colors.

Cranbrook Graduate Exhibition

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


Attention Art Lovers!

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


Throwback Thursday

Time for a little Throwback Thursday! This cranberry and violet striped splash bowl is just a treat for the eyes.

Get Your Mother’s Day Gifts Here!

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


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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


Thank YOU!

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

More Open Studio Fun!

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


Spring Studio TODAY!

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


Happy May Day!

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


A great reason to buy glass

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


Meet the Kayan

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

Kayan Decanter

Kayan Decanter

Emily Donald Guest Artist

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


Final Countdown to Spring Studio Show

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


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.


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!


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!



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!



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!


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


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…


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!


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!


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! ☺


“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.


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″


“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