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New Glass Designs: Orbitals


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I hope everyone had a great holiday. It’s been a busy one at Stafford Art Glass. A shout-out goes to all the people who helped make our Fall season so much fun!

For years I gave been making oversized suncatchers for our clients. This came about organically when someone who was looking at my small 4-inch ornaments wondered if I could make them way bigger for a large window in their new home. The Orbital was born.

Orbitals are about 9 inches in diameter and are made to fill a window with color. Hung by a thin stainless wire, the piece doesn’t get lost like smaller suncatchers do.

In the Fall of 2017 I began designing new Orbitals for the line. Up until that time every piece was unique and people were wanting us to make them copies of pieces they had bought for themselves or for their friends as gifts. The idea was to go crazy with color…and with the names for them.

Blown glass suncatcher, rich transparent colors, nine inches in diameter
Orbital-photo by Stafford Art Glass

That’s Blue Sky Riot, in the picture above. It’s blue with a riot of other colors thrown in, naturally!

  • Approx. 9″ diameter
  • Ships within 3 days of your order
  • Includes story card and stainless wire with directions for hanging
  • Made by hand in our studio
Handblown suncatcher in rich colors, nine inches in diameter
Orbital-photo by Stafford Art Glass

Purple Mango Multiverse is a great pairing of purples, oranges, and reds. Perfect for a lover of all things purple.

  • Approx. 9″ diameter
  • Ships within 3 days of your order
  • Includes story card and stainless wire with directions for hanging
  • Made by hand in our studio
Milette's Garden is a large scale suncatcher in light green, golds, with light splashes of purples and pinks. This suncatcher is handblown and is approximately nine inches in diameter.
Orbital-photo by Stafford Art Glass

Millette’s Garden, which is lighter and has ribs that fold color, seeks to create a feeling of all things natural. A splash of blue, a hint of cranberry, this piece is subtle while elegant…but in a country garden kind of way.

  • Approx. 9″ diameter
  • Ships within 3 days of your order
  • Includes story card and stainless wire with directions for hanging
  • Made by hand in our studio
Caliope is a large scale handblown suncatcher in a beautiful mix of colors and is approximately nine inches in diameter.
Orbital-photo by Stafford Art Glass

Caliope is a georgeous mix of colors including blue, green, purple, orange, gold, and red, a combination that works in virtually any decor (hint: it’s also very popular with our customers).

  • Approx. 9″ diameter
  • Ships within 3 days of your order
  • Includes story card and stainless wire with directions for hanging
  • Made by hand in our studio
A handblown suncatcher with bands of color from reds and golds to blues and green. Nine inches in diameter, approximately.
Orbital-photo by Stafford Art Glass

Earth Wind And Fire. This piece reminds us of Hawaii. There, you will find active volcanoes spewing molten lava into the ocean. At that interface all of the colors in this piece are represented in dramatic fashion.

  • Approx. 9″ diameter
  • Ships within 3 days of your order
  • Includes story card and stainless wire with directions for hanging
  • Made by hand in our studio

There are many more Orbitals to shop for in our online store. Every piece is made here, is signed and ships with stainless wire for hanging along with instructions on how to hang your piece. Look for the link at the end of this post.

A Closeup & Our Promise To You

We pack a lot of color into our pieces. No two are precisely alike, but we guarantee that if you like the sample, you will love the one we send to you. If not, you are welcome to return it, no questions asked, up to two weeks after its arrival.

We hope you enjoy this closeup of a Caliope piece!

Beautiful closeup of transparent colors of a Caliope Orbital, a large nine inch handblown suncatcher
Closeup of Caliope Orbital – photo by Stafford Art Glass

Saving Money With Stafford Art Glass

I have announced specials on Facebook in the past and found lots of people asking me where to find the specials once I had already announced them just the day before. I would explain, “I just put it up on our Facebook page!” But a lot of people weren’t seeing our posts. I wondered why. For many, it was because they didn’t “follow” our page. Facebook has been throttling our exposure on your feed unless our fans click “follow” not just “like.” Talk about setting up hurdles. Sometimes even if you are a follower, you can miss our announcements in the tumble of the Facebook feed.

This got to be a problem. I decided to solve this problem and put all of my specials, offers, events, and promotions into one email that would get sent out each month. Then our customers would have all of the most important information at their fingertips! The V.I.P. Insider was born. I found out this was what other businesses have had to do because on social media, data is constantly moving, and if you snooze you can lose important announcements. An email is they way to deal with this.

This is the best way to save on our glass. Promotional pricing can be up to 60% off regular retail through our specials. Some specials, like Seconds, which are only available at the studio, are off even more! We recently sold a vase that would have been $80.00 for less than $20.00. It wasn’t even a second. The customer asked why it was a second. I explained I had no idea why it had not sold. It was beautiful, but it simply sat. It was a classic shape, and beautiful color. The customer felt the same way (and saved a lot of money!), so I decided it was time to mark it down. These are limited to sales at our studio and we announce them through my Insider newsletter.

I issue coupon codes good for each month for specific items bought online. I issue coupon codes for $ off classes or workshops at the studio too. In 2019 alone, customers saved over $1400.00 on classes at the studio. Some discounts were $6.00 for ornaments while others like pumpkins were $10.00 off per piece that they made.

For example, for the month of March, Orbitals will be 30% off. There will be a coupon for free shipping, too. You can get this and other discount codes by subscribing to the V.IP. Insider.

We promise we wont load up your inbox with spammy emails and it’s super easy to unsubscribe at any time. You can sign up for our V.I.P. Insider HERE.

Here’s the link to our SITE

Here’s to another great year. I’m looking forward to it!

~Parker

Art and Design, Creativity, glassblowing, sculpture

Upcoming Work For 2020


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Photo By Chris Risch

 

2019 was a busy year with over 2 dozen new designs being worked through, a gallery renovation, and a lot of visitors to the studio to make pumpkins and ornaments. It was a blast!

2020 promises to be just as creative with a host of new work that will be designed. So what is on deck? Right now I am taking a break from production and classes in order to do some repair work in the studio as well as to build a new piece of equipment, a miniature reheating furnace. This will be a great new addition to the studio since this furnace will be the most fuel efficient model to date. That makes the boss happy and if he is happy, I am happy too! (winks)

I will be working on developing some designs for cast glass later in the year. I will be outfitting an older ceramic kiln gifted to me by a friend with new heating elements to turn it into a casting kiln for new glass creations. I already have a design I am eager to get started on, which is a larger than life feather cast entirely out of glass that will be used as a wall hanging. After that, I have some ideas for some angelic wings that I think should look pretty great, but I have to work through some technical issues before I decide on exactly what these wings will look like. Both pieces will deal with the idea of the presence of the divine and the angelic.

I am in the process of ordering new glass color for a line of work that has its roots back in 1999 and is called the Fiamma Series. These are contemporary works in jet black with dichroic glass. I will begin with a series of bowls that will be made available through the studio gallery and will be available online as a studio limited release. I expect these pieces to be available by early Spring.

New ornament designs will continue to be worked out through the year in anticipation for the Fall season. I hope also to offer a class on making your own blown glass bowl. As soon as the bugs are worked out on that, it will be included in our roster of classes on our website at www.staffordartglass.com/classes

Speaking of the website, I will be adding a new booking calendar in the hopes that this one will be a better and more compatible solution with our site as well as our users mobile devices.  I appreciate your patience as we thrashed through what turned out to be a pretty awful booking calendar!  The sheer number of people who persevered in spite of it shows just how popular glass is.  We love glass, that is obvious, but we are very glad that so many people in our area do, too!

I will be adding custom sourced boxes for our most popular items as well as labels of our logo that will go on them to give our work a more professional look. I will be busy making new story cards for ornaments as well as our other blown glass work. These will help provide our customers with a better presentation when giving our work as gifts. These will make our Christmas trees look breathtaking as a gift once the holiday season rolls around again.  I know that we just got through Christmas, but we prepare for Fall months in advance!

The studio will be closed for the month of January and will be open to the public the second week of February. Thank you for your patience as I work on the studio and get it ready for the next season!

Happy New Year!