Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet the Maker - Jenny & Skip from Ugly Glass & Company




I’m Jenny. In 2002 I began creating jewelry after a friend introduced me to jewelry making and shortly afterwards I began selling my creations.  I was in awe that someone would want to buy and wear something I created.  I was so hooked! Together with my husband, Skip, we create Ugly Glass that is not ugly at all. The name represents the beginning of our journey as artists - our first glass pieces were ugly and lumpy, and over the years we have refined our skills to create beautiful jewelry, art and lamp worked glass pieces! 


As a way to spend more time with me, Skip joined me for a lamp working class a couple of years later.  He was bitten by the “glass working bug” and I just got burned.  I don’t know how many times I have dropped molten glass on a chair, floor and myself.  Needless to say, he does all the “hot” creating and I do all the “cold” creating!  Skip has been creating by my side ever since.  It is honestly great to be able to work with your spouse and know that you have their full support in everything that you do.


After doing art and craft shows for a decade (that makes me feel old!), we opened up our own little shop in the only area we would ever want to open a shop in, the Independence Square.  We added the “& Company” to our already eye catching “Ugly Glass” name and welcomed other artists works inside.  In 2013 we moved into a much larger space so we could provide a classroom for the artists to teach in and be a retail outlet to double the artists we already had.  We were also able to put a little glass studio in the front of the shop for Skip to work in while customers watch.  


2014 marks 20 glorious years of Skip and I being married.  We have 2 beautiful children and a couple of cats.  Our daughter Chelsey is 18 and our son, Austen, is 15. They are each so different and creative in their own ways.  I can’t wait to see what my babies become!  Chelsey will be going to college this fall and Austen will be a sophomore in high school.  Skip also owns a commercial construction company so I run the day to day operations of the store, as well as all the paperwork that goes along with his business and a very small part time bookkeeping job I have for another small business owner.  Skip stays very busy with his work, but takes Wednesdays off to demonstrate his glass work to customers on Wednesdays.  Our life is an amazing roller coaster ride and I would not change it for anything!

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