2018 in Review

We’ve had an exciting year at epiphany! Looking back on 2018, this has been a year filled with changes, projects, growth and learning. We wanted to put together a retrospective of the past year so you can see all the great experiences we had in 2018 and catch a glimpse of what’s coming up in the new year.

New York Now/ Wholesale

We started off the year taking a trip to New York to visit the NY NOW trade show. This was our first time giving wholesale a try in almost a decade and over the year it’s been a success. We’ve formed great relationships with galleries, museums, small shops and online retailers. It’s been a very exciting process that has really helped us to grow the epiphany brand and make it available to more people. You can now find some of our items on sites like Uncommon Goods and the Art Institute of Chicago Store.

Detroit Performs

We were very excited to be featured on Detroit Performs for their Fire & Ice episode. You can view April’s segment below.

Spring Show 2018

In May, we held our annual Spring Show in partnership with our favorite organization, the Michigan Humane Society. The studio was open to the public for a weekend and we had hourly glassblowing workshops where participants had the opportunity to make their own pulled glass flower. Fox 2’s Ryan Ermanni even came in and made a flower, which was auctioned off with the proceeds going to benefit the MHS. There was a great turnout with people coming in to the view the studio, watch glassblowing demos, enjoy food and drinks and purchase unique glass items such as decanters, paperweights, pet products, and more.

Glass Art Society Annual Conference

At the end of May, April, Becca & Chris visited Murano, Italy for the Glass Art Society Annual Conference. They saw amazing glassblowing demonstrations by some of the world’s best glassblowers, visited factories and glass studios, including that of the Maestro Lino Tagliapietra, experienced Italy and of course, ate great food! The GAS Annual Conference is a great opportunity for glassblowers to meet fellow glassblowers and learn more about their craft. Read more about this amazing experience in this blog post.

Turtle Lake Idea Showhouse

This past spring April worked in conjunction with interior designers Campion Platt and Kim Dent to create custom lighting for a bespoke luxury residence built by Arteva Homes. This spectacular house is located on Turtle Lake in Bloomfield Hills. April created a variety of unique, contemporary lighting for the home. The above chandelier including a chandelier for the main entry titled, Tangled, a chandelier for the dining room titled, Ether and glass globes made from clear bubble glass for the upstairs hallway.

Grosse Pointe War Memorial

In the summer, April worked on this beautiful chandelier for the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. This piece is made up of dozens of individually handblown glass bubbles, finials and discs of various sizes in transparent red, white and blue. These pieces all hang from a canopy constructed specifically for this piece and housing the electrical components. This piece adds a unique but traditional and patriotic touch to a historical space. The various shapes, sizes and colors within the chandelier, made this a fun project to work on! 

Molten Sensuality: The Crystalline Creations of April Wagner

In October, April opened her first solo museum exhibition at the Saginaw Art Museum! This was a huge accomplishment for her and it has had a great reception. The show is divided up into three main parts. The first includes a retrospective of the glasswork April has created throughout her career since she started glassblowing, up to the present day. The second is the instructional portion of the exhibit, which explains the tools of the trade and shows some of the studio processes. The final portion are the pieces that April made specifically for this exhibition, including The Staircase, Tangled II, and Totem. There’s still some time to see this amazing exhibition through January 12th.  Jim Tottis put together a fabulous essay about April’s work, which can be read in this blog post.