In July of 1997 April began the process of building her state-of-the-art glass studio in Pontiac, Michigan. As of February 1, 2000 this 4,000 square foot studio is fully operational. Spiral Arts, who built the studios of Lino Tagliapietra, Steuben, and the Corning Museum, built much of epiphany’s studio equipment.
The studio was designed to push the limits of the artists and the glass medium itself. The goal was to create a “universal” studio that would permit any professional glass artist to walk into the epiphany studio and feel as though they are in a familiar environment. Most recently, renowned Italian artist Lucio Bubacco has requested to work in the studio during his visits to the United States. He stated that “I enjoy creating here for the energy and treatment is something I have never experienced. It also amazes me that April can create the quality works that they she does with only one assistant. In Italy there are six to eight people working on the sizes of pieces they create themselves. They are truly amazing.”
Within the studio you will find one of the largest, most sophisticated glory holes in the world. A glory hole is critical in the reheating and sculpting of each glasswork. The size of the glory hole enables the artists to create the large-scale pieces their customers are demanding. Other unique attributes to this studio are the revolutionary round 800 pound tank furnace which creates a higher quality of glass, a metal fabrication shop, a cold working facility with etching capabilities, a digital inventory system and an additional 1,000 square foot gallery attached to the studio.
One of the driving forces of building a 4,000 square foot, world-class studio was to give April the ability to create large-scale, multidimensional works. As requested by various epiphany collectors, the new epiphany studio lets April be limitless in her creativity and scale of works.