Andrew had gone there as a kid with his grandparents. He had watched them blow the glass, and then his grandparents bought him the paperweight he had seen created. We have two or three small pieces from there that Andrew had before we were married, but I'd never been there. Even though we knew they weren't going to be blowing glass that day we decided to visit the showroom. (And we plan on taking a day off and going to watch them work sometime in the next few months.)
We know this place as St. Clair Glass, and the third generation family member who runs it now is named Joe Rice. Joe is who we talked with this weekend. We were thrilled to hear him tell us about new products he is developing. Vases? Yes, please!
We left with a couple Christmas presents as well as a couple paperweights. One of the ones we purchased was a blue version similar to this:
Can you believe something this beautiful is sold for $20? Click here to see their product page.
It felt great to be able to support a small business owner and artist, even if we didn't spend a lot. Here's hoping the business is able to continue to many more generations!