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California- Michael and Sonia met at Pescadero State Beach in California during a Raku Ceramics Festival while they were students at San Francisco State University. Sonia’s studies were in ceramics and psychology and Michael’s were in glass and philosophy. They began collaborating shortly there after. Their first projects were constructed on a table in their home, fusing glass in small kilns that doubled as end tables in their living room.
They moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and built a studio on their property. For their first decade of collaborative work they focused on colorful, contemporary paperweights in unusual shapes and beaded glass jewelry. All elements contained in their work, from hand drawn furnace beads and cane to rondels (plates) are designed and handcrafted by them.
Years later, their first granddaughter, Haley, would raise her hands above her head to be picked up. Using this gesture as inspiration Michael created their first figure, “Joy of Life”. Eleven years later, Michael designed their 16th figure for their second granddaughter, Grace. This figure is called “Grace Under Pressure”.
Their glass figures, which are accompanied with story cards, continue to be given as gifts for all occasions….from the celebration of a birth, wedding, anniversary, birthday, retirement, to the acknowledgement of various life changing events or in gratitude for friendship or help. Many non-profit and for profit organizations and companies have also purchased their figures for award or recognition gifts.
Pennsylvania- Riverside Design Group is a tabletop design business with a passion for style and a commitment to service. We are dedicated to being innovative, supportive of our community, and sensitive to the environment. Our efforts include operating out of an energy efficient LEED certified building, using recyclable and sustainable materials including glass with recycled content, and using light-weight recycled shipping materials to keep our carbon footprint low. As a part of our commitment to community service and support, we developed Plates With Purpose™, a line of plates that raises funds to support vital non-profit community organizations.
Founded in 1996, our company grew out of an idea to revitalize manufacturing in Western Pennsylvania by introducing new products suitable for museums and gift stores. Today, we are a full fledged design business servicing hotels, restaurants, boutiques, caterers, home furnishing stores, corporations, museum and gift stores with fine, handcrafted tableware and specialty products. The products you see on our website are a limited selection of the designs we produce and inventory.
Florida- Rifle Paper Co. is a stationery and gift brand based in Winter Park, Florida founded and owned by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond. The company officially launched via riflepaperco.com in November 2009 and what began as a small business based out of Anna and Nathan’s garage apartment has quickly grown into an international brand over the last four and a half years.
All of our paper products are printed in the USA and assembled by hand in our studio to ensure every product is inspected before packaging and shipping. We use FSC-certified paper stocks with recycled content, environmentally responsible printers, and select high quality materials that allow for products that are both well-made and beautiful. Everything that we create is thought through, tested and inspected to ensure that we end up with a collection of products that we would not only use ourselves but are incredibly proud to share.
Pennsylvania- “The clean lines and repetitive nature in urban landscapes inspire my work, as well as mid-century design. I use a variety of metals such as pewter, brass, bronze, silver and copper to produce my designs. My work is handmade in the United States and each piece is lovingly fabricated by scoring and folding sheets of pewter to make 3 dimensional works of art. The gorgeous textures are pulled from many influences and are embossed into the metal. As a designer and maker, my intent is to encourage the importance of American high-end craft in the modern home by creating contemporary heirlooms for a new generation of collectors.”
Chicago- “I spent weeks researching and experimenting with materials and techniques until I figured out what worked. I knew I had found my niche and began working on the designs that give Kiku it’s distinctive style. My imagery and drawings are primarily inspired by pop culture, pattern and nature. I particularly love mid-century modern and Japanese design aesthetics, in fact the name “Kiku” means “chrysanthemum” in Japanese. Using fine enamels, I print with multiple screens onto layers of glass to create depth and, using my knack for color and composition, pair it with an amazing glass color palette. One thing I especially love about the ability to print an image on glass is that it enables me to do a variety of custom work for my customers, which has become a specialty of mine. I approach the design of each new piece, whether my own image or a custom design, looking to strike a visual balance between the graphic printed image and the nature of glass: color, translucence, light and depth- the qualities that originally called me to the medium. While my work is very graphic, I’m a practical girl so most of my pieces are as functional as they are pretty.”