Building a Glass Blowing Business with Jim Loewer
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“I’ve tried a few other career paths besides glass blowing. I studied art, made paintings, taught art in elementary schools and a juvenile jail, worked on a fishing boat, got a j.d. , but I kept coming back to glass blowing.”
I love experimenting with new ways of adding color, shaping glass, and pushing the boundaries of size for lampworking. My glassblowing is primarily self-taught and I believe that my background in painting is the strongest influence on my work. I started doing very small craft shows while I had other jobs and eventually took the leap to being a full time glassblower. I have gotten most of my accounts through the Buyer’s Market of American Craft and other trade shows. I’ve had work in shops and museum stores all over the country as well as in Anthropologie, Barney’s NY, The Smithsonian Institute, and The Chicago Art Institute. I sell lighting, ornaments, platters, vases, and sculpture. I am constantly trying to come up with unique processes and new products.”
Jim will discuss his transition retail to wholesale and now to an educational focus. He will delve into product development and the glassblowing/lampworking process.