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

Tax time

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

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

Installation day

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

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

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3 light Opal Chandelier – looking up from below. 

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Color samples for ” Gonzo” sculpture. 

New projects

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View from the bottom of the Elga chandelier. 

New projects

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

New domain locations

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

http://artdomainname.com

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Installation day

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Getting the ceiling prepped to hold a new glass chandelier. 

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

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Sophisticated shipping method.  Patent pending. 

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“Flutterby 2″ glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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Detail of “Backbone” glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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Detail of glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

“Art is literacy of the heart” ~Elliot Eisner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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‘Gonzo’ by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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

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

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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12 Light Crystal Chandelier by April Wagner

12 Light Crystal Chandelier by April Wagner

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'Novae Flos' by April Wagner

‘Novae Flos’ by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

Glass Art Society Conference

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

Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton

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Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

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April Wagner glass sculputre

April Wagner glass sculputre

Ides of March

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

That’s right!

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Glass flower by April Wagner

Glass flower by April Wagner

Glass Dictionary

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

Amphora

Amphora

Inspiration

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

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

Inspiration

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

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

Inspiration

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

Why you should own art

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

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

Inspiration

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

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April Wagner glass sculpture

April Wagner glass sculpture

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

International Women’s Day

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

April and Ally working on the studio

April and Ally working on the studio

Inspiration

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

‘crizzling’ is our new favorite word

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

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

What is glass?

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

'What is Glass'

‘What is Glass’

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

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'Cobalt Lemon Cranberry Lily' by April Wagner

‘Cobalt Lemon Cranberry Lily’ by April Wagner

Inspiration

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

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'Red Rounds' by April Wagner

‘Red Rounds’ by April Wagner

Great party!

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

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Private event tonight!

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

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More space no problem!

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April Wagner

glass sculpture by April Wagner

She said yes!

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

custom apple ring holder

custom apple ring holder

 
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Thanks for the great shots Andrew Potter!

April Wagner - photo credit Andrew Potter

April Wagner – photo credit Andrew Potter

The Big G

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

The Big G

The Big G

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Commissioning artwork

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

Glass Dictionary

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

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April Wagner glass sculputre

April Wagner glass sculputre

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working in the shop

working in the shop

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

How to blow glass

How to Blow Glass

How to Blow Glass

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

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Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Glass sculpture by April Wagner

Happy Valentine’s Day

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

Studio e glass hearts

Studio e glass hearts

Chocolate and Glass

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

Fudge and Glass

Fudge and Glass

Inspiration

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

Studio e glass heart

Studio e glass heart

Inspiration

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

Studio e blue and pink heart paperweight

Studio e blue and pink heart paperweight

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'Captured Hearts 1' by April Wagner

‘Captured Hearts 1′ by April Wagner

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April Wagner 2013

April Wagner 2013

Somewhere sunny here we come!

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

Virtual Glassmaking

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

Studio e red heart

Studio e red heart

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

Studio e blue heart paperweight

Studio e blue heart paperweight

Inspiration

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

Ambassador Magazine

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

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April Wagner in Ambassador Magazine 2024

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like something handmade

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

Studio e hearts in all shapes and colors.

Studio e hearts in all shapes and colors.

 

Client comments

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

10 Art Blogs

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

South Detroit

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

Steve Perry tells all

Steve Perry tells all

Inspiration

Home is where the heart is. - Pliny the Elder

Studio e heart paperweight

Studio e heart paperweight

Inspiration

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

Happy Chinese New Year!

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

'Chinese Dragon' by April Wagner

‘Chinese Dragon’ by April Wagner

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April Wagner 2012

April Wagner 2012

Sea Life

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

Sea Slugs

Sea Slugs

Inspiration

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

Tools

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

Inspiration

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

Inspiration

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

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April Wagner 2013

April Wagner 2013

Antiques Roadshow

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

Inspiration

“All I can be is me — whoever that is.” ~Bob Dylan

Inspiration

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams

Art is Work

Being an artist is a demanding job. We do it because we have too, because we can’t not do it. “Art is Work” is a great article about it.

"Art is Work"

“Art is Work”

Glass Dictionary

Batch – our glass before it’s melted. Pretty toxic stuff, but the best to work with, super clear, sparkly, and soft.

Spruce Pine Batch

Spruce Pine Batch

Inspiration

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspiration

For some reason we’re attached to jobs where you can light things on fire. torch-down-roofing-4

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4 Red Ques by April Wagner

4 Red Ques by April Wagner

Junk science

Junk science debunked. Yes glass is a liquid but those old Cathedral glass windows are not sagging. Here’s a concise why. “Does Glass Flow” by Robert Brill.

'Does Glass FLow' by Dr Robert Brill, Corning Museum of Glass

‘Does Glass Flow’ by Dr Robert Brill, Corning Museum of Glass

Happy artist habits

The idea of the artist as an unhappy, tragic soul is a myth. We use all of the 5 habits of happy artists!

Inspiration

‎”At some point everyone must decide if they are a creator or a critic, a lover or a hater, a giver or a taker.” ~Author Unknown

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Parts of a sculpture

Parts of a sculpture

Inspiration

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” ~Ben Okri

Glassy history and science

Great article about the history and science of Venetian glassmaking. So random that they could make it work. And whose ever heard of “glass diseases”? A neat concept.

 

Glass at the atomic level

Glass at the atomic level

 

Inspiration

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

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It takes a lot of hand tools to make the many style pieces we blow. They are expensive so we take good care of them.

epiphany glass tools

epiphany glass tools

Inspiration

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

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April Wagner - Czar and Violet on granite

April Wagner – Czar and Violet on granite

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Candy Shop Chandelier detail

Candy Shop Chandelier detail

Inspiration

The holidays are over, the darkest days of winter are here. Stay focused, stay positive, be passionate, creativity will come. “5 Fears That Can Destroy an Artist”

5 Fears That Can Destroy an Artist

5 Fears That Can Destroy an Artist

Miss Manners says –

Miss Manners: Artist must tread lightly when dealing with client’s taste

By Miss Manners and Judith Martin, Published: December 30
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am an artist and interior designer. My client uses me for decorative painting and is always asking my opinion on this or that.

The problem is that I realize that we have extremely different tastes. How do I gently tell her that her choices for the accessories in the room are “too cheap” or not up to the standard I had in mind without offending or hurting her feelings?

GENTLE READER: It always surprises Miss Manners when artists disapprove of their clients’ taste, given that the client chose to hire the artist.

Nevertheless, she recognizes that there are some patrons of the arts with limited aesthetic sense. She also recognizes the logic of listening to the opinion for which one is paying.

The artist’s options in this situation, however, are limited. You may politely suggest alternatives. You may withdraw from the project, saying that upon reflection, you realize that you are not the right person for the job. (The latter option has the disadvantage of requiring you to also forgo remuneration, which may cause you to reassess your artistic standard.)

There is a third alternative popular in artistic circles, but Miss Manners discourages you from employing it, in spite of a few historical successes, as it is both impolite and bad business: namely, using the art itself to parody the client’s taste.

We’re never retiring

There is no age limit on being an artist. Retirement is a weird concept to us. 92 year-old’s art

Grandmother Embroidered Temari Balls

Grandmother Embroidered Temari Balls

6 Greatest Living Artists

Shoot. They must have lost our ballot in the mail. Like any smart artist we would have voted for ourselves anyway. Vanity Fair 2013

Inspiration

Our favorite ceramics artist Richard DeVore. His work is divine.

Richard DeVore Untitled 1998

Richard DeVore Untitled 1998

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Hand-made means made by hands.

Hand-made means made by hands.

Merry little Christmas

Today is the Epiphany. We choose to name our studio this not considering the religious meaning. Our meaning was  ~ “insight into the essence or an object and/or material”. But we’re never ones to overlook a holiday, so let’s celebrate!!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me –

- a 12 part golden mean sculpture that took my breath away.

'Orange Golden Mean' by April Wagner

‘Orange Golden Mean’ by April Wagner

Huge hawk at the studio “bird” feeder

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We love feeding the birds. Guess we forgot the birds feed the Hawks too.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

11 blue and green round/ellesblue and green roundelles

Inspiration

Love these pieces. So cool.

The Unusual Creatures of Alex Abajian and Jerry Lin-Hsien Kung 

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Inspiration

“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin (to Pooh)

Six artists on becoming artists

6 Videos on Becoming an Artist

6 Videos on Becoming an Artist

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me –

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Alumni Show

Fellow CCS Alums – don’t miss out on applying to this great show! CCS Alumni Show Info

The Stand

Photo by Joe Vaughn

Photo by Joe Vaughn

Another great article about The Stand Gastro Bistro in this month’s Hour Magazine with some nice pictures of April’s sculptures.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

9 pairs of shears so I can do some glass cutting!

Straight shears and Diamond shears for cutting hot glass

Straight shears and Diamond shears for cutting hot glass

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

8 jacks for jacking hot glass.

Hot glass hand tools for shaping and creating the neckline on a form.

Hot glass hand tools for shaping and creating the neckline on a form.

Top 10 Artists lists

Love the end of the year top 10 lists! Some of our favorite artists are on here. Maybe one day we will be too!

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

7 stainless steel color trays (JOY!!!)

Clean trays full of juicing glass colors

Stainless trays full of juicy glass colors ready to be used to make something lovely.

What inspires us


People ask us all the time where our inspiration comes from. James Turrell is one of the greatest living artist who we draw so much inspiration from. He is a sculptor of light. How cool is that?!!

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

6 boxes of fun colored ornaments.

Shiva’s not favorite Christmas present.

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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

5 glass sculptures

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

4 blowers working. 

We don’t recommend trying this

Dumb but funny too. Guy Jumps Though Glass

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me

3 monitors to use for photographing

Watch Me Move Animation show at the DIA

The Animation Show at the DIA ends on Jan 5th. If you haven’t seen it yet, use your last couple days of vacation and go. The museum is open tonight until 7.

Love it when artists get their hands on technology

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On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me

2 beautiful well packed (UPS proof) sculptures.

Why we hate UPS

The Snow Outside’s Delightful

Christmas in Northern Michigan. A nice relaxing change from the glass shop.

Silver Series

We have added some new work into the store. Check out the awesome pieces from the ‘Silver Series’ collection.