Journeys in Glass
A Mid Summer Night's Dream 0
(With apologies to Shakespeare & Poe)So, one of the cool things that happened recently was that I was fortunate enough to have a couple really excellent days at the work shop this month, producing a number of items of exceptionally high quality. Intro images are below, you can see more details up on the website if interested.
First up, we have a larger vase, handmade with swirls of blue and purple. About 5.5" to 6" high by 3.5" wide. More pics here
Next, a large display vase, made with a special technique of inserting a wet wooden stick into the small hole at the top during crafting to puff out the top portion and provide an overall eye pleasing shape. About 5" high by 5" wide with a footed base for stability. More pics here.
And third, a beautifully waved light blues bowl. About 7" across on the long side by 6" and 2.5" - 3" high to the lip. More pics here.
First come, first served!
Love's Labor Lost
So while some pieces came out great, others met an unfortunate end...
Alas, poor bowl, I knew him: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy - until he popped off the pipe and ruined himself upon the floor
So i chopped him into tiny bits
And stuffed him behind a wall of plaster
Until nevermore would he be recognized
One of my patrons kindly offered this insight on my bowl... (thanks Cami!)
"Full six feet under thy bowl lies.
Of his bones are pendants made.
Those are swirls that were his eyes.
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a shape change
Into something rich and strange."
- Peter Antal
Catch the Sun Art Glass Giveaway! 0
Catch the sun in a new and beautiful way with one of my favorite suncatcher pieces. Get lost in this mixed swirl of orange, blue, white and dark maroon colors with this handmade unique art glass suncatcher. This carefully crafted pendant is about 2.5" long and 1/3 of an inch thick.
To participate in the giveaway, just do ONE of the following...
- Join my newsletter email list (just 1 regular email / mth and you get 2 chances to win plus more benefits) and let me know via email that you'd like to participate
- Facebook: Like and follow Spirit Glass LLC, leave a comment on the giveaway post that you'd like to participate
- Twitter: Follow @spiritglassllc, retweet my post with the same name, and msg me that you want to participate
- Instagram: Like and follow @spiritglassllc and repost my giveaway pic with the tag #sgsuncatch and #spiritglassllc
No purchase necessary. Must be 18+. Void where prohibited by law.
One entry per person for those following me on Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, Instagram, or Pinterest. Extra chance to win if you enter and are on my email distribution list.
Entries must be received by 5 pm EST 6/10/16. Winner to be randomly selected evening of 6/10/16.
Please help spread the word by sharing this with your friends and family and ask them to support the arts (and keep the freebies coming)!
FYI: Benefits of Membership on the Spirit Glass Email List. For reading just 1 regular email a month, you get...
* double the chances for winning a giveaway event
* buy one get one half off for any pendants, earrings, jewelry sets, or suncatchers (2nd item must be of equal or lesser value)
* you can offer 50% of the listed price for any item listed under the "Seconds" section of my etsy site
* opportunities to earn store credit throughout the year
* sneak peaks into some of the best items I create
* better coupon deals than any of my other social media outlets, and, of course,
* my very deep appreciation for your support!
- Peter Antal
New Horizons 0
The next step...
So I've been trying to figure out some ways to grow the business this year while still somehow keeping myself in the black (if only by a few dollars). Enter the fun filled and costly world of advertising....
Was out at our favorite breakfast place - Foothills of Warner where we saw they were going to do advertising spots on their menu. So I thought, well, it's an awesome place to eat (also one of WMUR's 10 best breakfast eaterys in NH), great people own the place and regularly help out the community, and they have killer french toast.
So I sat down with the person doing the advertising with the restaurant and found out the cost of said advertisement - $300. Ouch. On the bright side, I just had my birthday along with some very kind cash contributions from family so could help offset some of this. Not sure this will work, but I figured I needed to try it at least once. Fine and dandy. All ready to go.
Except for the fact that the other piece of feedback from the advertising guru was "You really need your own website" After about a half hour of giving me multiple reasons why I needed to have one of my own, I realized she was right.
So,I scoured the web and various message boards to find a suitable home for my still fledgling glass work and came up with Shopify. At an additional $29/mth I have now officially started up my very own glass page on the web!
Please check it out and let me know what you think (along with any recommendations for improvement). In general, (most) of my best items will get posted here. Inventory is still a bit low but Im planning on visiting the workshop more regularly and hope to have a number of blown pieces and shaped pieces added soon. Hoping to do a full website launch in early July. Email subscribers get access to an anytime use 10% discount code, so please consider joining!
- Peter Antal