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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.
Materials of Expression

Materials of Expression

Is there a difference between the portals I use to get my feelings, emotions and designs out into the world? I’m remembering advice that my dad wou...
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!

Owls and Acorns

Owls and Acorns

“What is the most enjoyable part of having seasonal products designed around the Michigan seasons? Would you be designing and producing owls and ac...
Do you have the Shiny Object syndrome?

Do you have the Shiny Object syndrome?

 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.
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