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I Thought I Knew!

I Thought I Knew!

The super bad, ugly and weird ones?  I take joy in crushing them in the dumpster.  Sad but true, I break them all with a hammer, and relieve stress in the process.  Super fun!

May I Take Your Order?

May I Take Your Order?

“Why do you enjoy making custom orders for people and is there a difference between the customer watching you make it before their eyes or just or...
Organic farm inspires Detroit Artist to new levels!

Organic farm inspires Detroit Artist to new levels!

Green Things Farm.  An organic farm in Ann Arbor.  5.5 miles from my home, so close that I could ride my bike~ and I often did.  (Until the summer heat reminded me to lighten up a bit!)  I work 2 days a week, 4 hours each day and I’ve learned a TON.  Most of which is the importance of buying food from your local farmer. 
The Michigan Renaissance Festival features the Glass Academy as the Royal Glassmakers

The Michigan Renaissance Festival features the Glass Academy as the Royal Glassmakers

If you have never been out to The Michigan Renaissance Festival come to visit the Royal Glass Makers near the Mother Oak stage!  I suggest this year is the year you need to come out.   You’ll get to see me blowing glass on stage in a mid evil costume, having a blast and you can be a part of the excitement!  ~Chris Nordin
It's an every day occurrence on steroids!!

It's an every day occurrence on steroids!!

Customer appreciation weekend takes place in mid July, this year, July 13 & 14 from 12-4pm.  After the holiday on the 4thand a time when people want to come out and talk, have some hot dogs, grilled by us, and chat it up with the owners, glassblowers, and sales staff of the studio.
Let's Talk About Mugs!

Let's Talk About Mugs!

I really try to make one-of-a-kind mugs for the gallery so that people can see all the possibilities that are available. Color is the biggest component. After that the shape of the mug and volume are determined. The handle is really important because a nice proper sized handle makes a comfortable mug. The foot or the bottom of the mug is a decision as well and having 6 or 7 different styles in the gallery makes it easy to decide.
The sometimes lonely path of the independant small business owner

What Keeps Me Awake at Night

For me, one of the things I notice that there is always a daily growth opportunity should I choose to take it.  As the owner you don’t what the day brings, but whatever it does, it’s yours to deal with.  Perhaps the toilet will break, the class will need to be cancelled due to bad weather, or the color we need for a specific job is sold out.  This wasn’t on today’s agenda, now what?  Game on! An opportunity for new growth!!

The origin of our glass succulents

The origin of our glass succulents

             Glass as a portal of expression for me is an amazing process.       Recreating something that has already been designed by nature is a...
One Amazing Man

One Amazing Man

Chris Nordin How did your father, being an entrepreneur, help you imagine, create and deal with the long road of building a business from the groun...
Dreams or Disaster?

Dreams or Disaster?

 Putting All the Eggs in Our Basket  It’s April 3rd, just three days until our 8th annual Eggstravaganza show and sale. You might think that after ...