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How the CoronaVirus in Glass started in our Studio

How the CoronaVirus in Glass started in our Studio

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...
Carrots Abound!

Carrots Abound!

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!
Passion Projects ~ What's Yours?

Passion Projects ~ What's Yours?

 It’s the passion protects that are essential to the work we do.  Allowing ourselves this opportunity to have side jobs, volunteer work, etc., that yields results in everything we do and I know I am a much more talented artist because of it.
2020 Vision - This Year and Beyond!

2020 Vision - This Year and Beyond!

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 Lesson

Wholesale Accounts - An Early Lesson

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?!

Where is your Art?

Where is your Art?

Just recently, a customer asked me ~ “Where is your Art? Which piece here in the gallery is something you made?” She was looking for a widget, a p...
Taking our Show on the Road!

Taking our Show on the Road!

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.
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!

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. 
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.
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...