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Pennsylvania- Founded in 2011 by designers Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck, Vetro Vero’s award-winning hand-blown glass designs are timeless contemporary objects created to honor function and enrich decor. Drawing on experience and unsurpassed skill to refine the highest quality glass-making materials, Vetro Vero designs are noted for their remarkable clarity, spectacular colors and clean forms.
Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck conceive each design and together, make every piece of Vetro Vero glass by hand in their private studio. Their exceptional talent and shared dedication to the craftsmanship and quality of each finished piece is apparent in the strong consistency and subtle individuality of every Vetro Vero hand-blown glass object.
Vermont- Nick Kekic and his wife, Tamasin, built Tsuga Studios in 2000 on land that had been in Tamasin’s family for generations. Tsuga Canadensis is the scientific name for Eastern Hemlock tree, of which they harvested many on their site, milled and used for the lumber in their new building. Tamasin, who has studied Wildlife Biology, suggested the name for this new place to live and work. Years later it is that, as well as a space for exploring and developing new techniques and design ideas while working to market and promote their work.
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.