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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.

#802: Different angle

#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!

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…

Glass Reflections

We just passed Valentine’s Day, a day that in some ways is the most special holiday of the year for us. I hope you had a chance to see our latest project-focused email with the jewelry store glass panels:

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In that missive, we gave all our clients, suppliers, network buddies, supporters and design team members a Valentine. Wish it could be beautiful glass jewels. What a combination – individuals we appreciate and glass we love. At times we do heroic things…large heavy pieces with wondrous color and edgework. We probably wouldn’t create this on our own. Everyone around us forces us to be better and better. We push past self-imposed limits and fabricate pieces that fulfill a vision – and sometimes even astound us.
In the coming weeks, I’ll write about things that are interesting, informative and occasionally quirky – all under 200 words. I’m certainly not a writer, but I am eager to share with you some of my thoughts. Feel free to comment, suggest, and disagree. We’ll start a conversation.