Glassworks, Inc.

Glassworks in The Seattle Times

We are so excited that our glass dividing wall was mentioned in The Seattle Times feature on this Chesmore/Buck Architecture project! Check out the article and more photos of this incredible home here.

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Why are we in business?

CT-112: Cast "Caribbean Wisp" eating counter, 150" x 14" x 1-1/4"

Why are we in business?   We contribute to the beauty of our surroundings by helping others in the design/built industry create stunning and functional glass installations.   We contribute to the joy our clients feel when they choose us for their projects and when they are complimented on having an art piece that is also useful.  One of our early ads stated “tongue-in-cheek” that Edith loved her glass eating counter so much, she wondered if plates were necessary!   We like the fact that our glass can be admired and used at the same time.   We contribute to the melding of art, design and practicality – a combination that is attributed to the best craftsmen.

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#802: Different angle

What do we do and why do we do it?

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What do we do and why do we do it?  There are some businesses that understand their mission, are laser focused and forge ahead.  We’ve been a bit more malleable.  Our business has morphed many times throughout the years in response to trends in style and creativity.  Along the way, we have completed some fantastic projects.  Always learning, we’ve also taken projects we probably shouldn’t have, because they were interesting, and because we wanted to work with a specific client.  What a way to run a business- and run it has.  Despite our “running” a bit haphazardly for many years, we have survived (because of the talent of the founder and the skill of our great staff).  2016 was our best year to date; 2017 is 1/6 completed.  We are very much on track, and constantly looking to drill down on the first question of this paragraph. “What do we do and why do we do it?” Focusing on the “why and what” will be essential as we charge ahead to meet future challenges and continue our success.

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Intentional Improvisation

As spring meets summer, I thought I’d share a peek at a recent counter we fabricated that complements the colorful exuberance of the season.  The design was actually based on the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky, a well-known early 20th century abstract artist.   It was challenging but fun to translate his design intent in glass.

This “swoop” of a counter measures 12 ft.- 3 in. L x 2 in. thick.  It is situated in an area with plenty of natural light from a waterfront setting during the day and dramatically under lit when the day darkens.   It certainly commands attention in a setting full of beautiful and distinctive artwork.   We were fortunate to be able to provide this striking piece for a very discerning couple.

Interior Designer:  Kay Stewart Design
Architect:  Scott Allen Architecture
Contractor:  The Roberts Group Builders

Since our last email, we’ve donated to two more non-profit organizations, The American Lung Association and Kitty Harbor, through our referral program.   As a reminder, if you refer a client to us, we will make a donation in your name to a non-profit organization of your choice.  We have contributed to almost forty non-profit businesses, some more than once, since we initiated the program.

News:  Welcome to Jesse Diaz!  A skilled craftsman who concentrates on doing the finishing work on our fabrications.

Thanks for reading…and as always, feedback is appreciated!

You’re Invited!

Join us at Glassworks for our Open House and Remnant Sale!  It’s time to offer our professional connections and friends an opportunity to purchase glass remnants that we have accumulated in our “Garage”.  These pieces are priced to go “as is”.  Most of them are too large to donate to Zero Landfill, but would like to find a new home where they will be appreciated and admired!  So come on by!  Cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard accepted.

Stick around or drop in for our Open House.  We have new glass options that we’re excited for you to see.  Deems will be providing the fun music and there’ll be lots to eat and drink.  I hope you’ll come so we can thank you in person for being on our team!

Open House + Remnant Sale Flyer Reduced + Flattened July 2015

Cool Installation

As the warm days of summer ramp up, our minds naturally drift toward visions of respite, shade and water.  Our cascading cast glass eating counter embodies that vision of a refreshing, spring mountain thaw, or an icy beverage being poured into a glass.  Its surface looks very cool; feels very cool.  Amazing how visual and tactile senses can affect your perceptions – glass can do that!

CT-120 Cast Arctic Dense eating counter, 168" x 18" x 1"thick, with segmented return for cascading effect.

CT-120 Cast Arctic Dense eating counter, 168″ x 18″ x 1″thick, with segmented return for cascading effect.

Cascading Cast Glass Eating Counter

Residential Project 2015

Cast Arctic Dense eating counter
168” x 18” x 1”, with segmented return

Design by Nils Finne of FINNE Architects
Contractor:  Rimmer & Roeter Construction
Photo Courtesy of Nils Finne

SAVE THE DATE!  Open House and Remnant Sale 
August 20, 2015.  Details to follow.

Glassworks Cast Glass Counter – Crane Installation

We got creative with this glass eating counter installation…

Team Member Profile: Danielle Lagueux


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Danielle Lagueux is the newest member of the Glassworks team.  She earned her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art where she concentrated in sculptural glass art.  When she first moved to Seattle in 2008, she discovered and fell in love with Glassworks’ portfolio.  After seeing the showroom in person she knew this was the company she wanted to work for.  Even though she enjoys blowing glass, Danielle’s self-proclaimed “tetris mentality” was drawn to the order and control she found in cast and kiln formed glass.  In addition to loving warm glass, Danielle also finds joy in fiber arts, mold making, and metal and wood fabrication.  Between her experience in glass and her knowledge and skills with other materials, Danielle brings a resourceful and clever approach to her work.

Beautiful California Glowing Glass Counter Top

CT-116: Backlit fused low-iron glass eating counter. 16' x 22"

CT-116: Backlit fused low-iron glass eating counter. 16′ x 22″

We received these pictures of our beautiful Aisu glass installed in a residence in California as a glowing glass counter.   To achieve this stunning look, we originally met with the owner in our studio.  He immediately loved seeing and touching our glass!  We then  worked long distance with his contractor to insure a perfect installation.

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You don’t have to visit our studio to understand the unique properties of glass.  With our sample program located on our website, you can request a sample of a type of glass you’re interested in.   If you decide to purchase a piece from us, the price of that sample is deducted from the final price of your glass.  The look and feel of glass sells itself!

If you have installation pictures you would like us to feature, please send them our way.  We love to see the results of working together to achieve your vision.

Winter Design Feature: Glass Tables

We are always hard at work creating new and interesting opportunities to feature hand made art glass in functional applications. One of the most common requests we get are for custom art glass table tops. Glass has a way of turning functional furniture into a featured work of art. Don’t take our word for it… feast your eyes on these recent creations.


Glass tables are great for board rooms, restaurants, commercial and residential uses. Thicknesses can vary from 3/4″ to 2″. Color design elements can be added in virtually any shade, or the glass can remain clear creating an illusion of taking up less space. Custom bases for glass tables can be made of wood or metal. Although we don’t supply the base, we have relationships with custom manufacturers who we can collaborate with to create the perfect design for your space.

 

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