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2nd Design: Recycled Glassby Michelle Plucinsky
Since recycling glass benefits the environment, conserves natural resources, saves energy, and reduces landfill waste, we've been called to recycle since day one here at the Glass Academy.
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Becoming an Apprentice Glass Blowerby Michelle Plucinsky
Becoming an apprentice glassblower is no easy feat, but it can be a highly rewarding experience. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort required, apprenticeship glassblowing will give you the opportunity to explore creativity, hone your skillset, and even discover unique glassworking techniques that may change how glass art is made in modern times.
What are Your Words for 2023?by Michelle Plucinsky
For instance, a customer reached out this week wanting to take the private class for herself and friends. After she got done saying our products were “silly, ugly,” and “nothing she’d ever put in her home” she continued to tell us exactly what ........
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Pumpkin Periwinkle…How It All Came To Be!by Michelle Plucinsky
This year, the summer the weeks flew by because I was having so much fun! 🙂💕 I was volunteering on a flower farm with a super talented owner that ...
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BATCH Gallery and the Exciting Road for 2021!by Michelle Plucinsky
BATCH Gallery features handcrafted, high quality, and carefully curated works of glass art, both functional and decorative. While many of your favorite traditional items like pumpkins and ornaments will still be sold, you’ll also begin to see new accessory items such as candles, tote bags, and puzzles with our products on them, as well as blank gift cards with gorgeous imagery. Seasonal themed shows will continue with new artists regularly being featured in the gallery. Along with different mediums and more décor items such as lamps and beautiful drinkware sets like pitchers & drinking glasses.
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Finding Joy in Changeby Michelle Plucinsky
Watching our shows every Tuesday and Friday at 6pm on Facebook, with products being made, gives people added relief to a crazy life. So we are very thrilled that we are able to continue our shows on Facebook, even if customers are not with us physically in the studio, the FB platform has allowed us to keep the dialog alive! It’s been very exciting!
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How the CoronaVirus in Glass started in our Studioby Michelle Plucinsky
On March 17th we locked the doors of our studio and headed out the door, telling all our staff that we'd be calling them back when the virus blew o...
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Carrots Abound!by Michelle Plucinsky
While reflecting on our donation part of the spring show, the carrot came to mind. We did a few prototypes and liked the results. Customers started commenting, and staff all started picking out their favorites. We made big ones and little ones, orange and red carrots, tall and thin, short and fat. And suddenly, we all found a carrot we could relate to and we knew we had to make more to share!
2020 Vision - This Year and Beyond!by Michelle Plucinsky
Our work with non-profits and the local community continues to be one of our strongest assets and since not everyone across the Mid-west can come to us, we’ve decided we could go to them! This summer - one lucky organization will win the ultimate prize: The Glass Academy team coming to them for some on-site glassblowing action!!!
Wholesale Accounts - An Early Lessonby Michelle Plucinsky
To my family, peers, and society, this contract would solidify the idea, that yes, we could make a living being glass artists and this contract would be that proof that we are on the path to being a professional business!
But then there was a problem with our ornaments. Over half of the shipment was rejected and we were devastated. What just happened?!
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Taking our Show on the Road!by Chris Nordin
We started to realize was the huge value in bring those customers back to our home studio. Just showing them what we were all about couldn’t have been a better marketing tool. Community, this is what its all about.
Do you have the Shiny Object syndrome?by Michelle Plucinsky
Try as I might, I can’t stop. I’m continually thinking of ways to improve, advance, explore, and try new ideas. It’s just exciting!! The shiny object floats past my vision, enters my mind, and I can’t stop until we’ve tried the idea, product, etc.
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