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!
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.
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!!!
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.