I wanted glass cabinet knobs for my kitchen and the rest is history!
11 November, 2015
I am one of the Veteran Glass Beadmakers / Lampwork Artists. I have been melting glass using the lamp work technique since 1993. I am one of a handful of lucky artists that gets to do what I love while solely supporting myself. I live and work in a magical town 20 miles south of Boston. I live on a peninsula in Scituate Harbor surrounded by the sea, wonderful neighbors and where a lighthouse majestically
Who knew what would come from a simple request in December of 1995! I had made some glass knobs for the kitchen in the first home I bought. Money was even tighter then than now, much tighter! I had opened up my home and studio for a holiday sale. A client wandered into my kitchen and asked how much the glass knobs cost. I said they were mine and not for sale. My friend overhearing this conversation dragged me to another room and asked me if I was crazy! I told her that was beside the point. My friend told me to sell the knobs and make more for myself! What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that! This is how the Handmade Venetian Glass Knobs became my niche market.
Back in 2007 I opened up an Etsy shop because everyone else did. I paid no attention to the shop though so almost nothing sold. I have always sold glass knobs from my website http://www.glassthings.com, my studio gallery, art shows and to home designers. The day came I decided to put some effort into Etsy .
First I looked around on Etsy to see what other glass knobs are out there. The first thing I noticed is most of the glass knobs on Etsy are fused glass. There is nothing wrong with fused glass knobs, they are perfectly wonderful, fun and functional. The technique for making fused glass knobs differs greatly from the lampwork technique I use. I make glass knobs 1 knob at a time using a 1600 degree flame from a specialized torch system, tools and heat resistant, threaded metal hardware I designed and have manufactured in the USA. It takes me about 1 hour to make each knob. The glass knobs then soak in a kiln to cool properly so the glass is stress free and will not break. Fused glass knobs are made in molds and in dozens or as many as a kiln will hold. I point this out as a reference point to the difference in prices. Another difference is this - I use no adhesives to hold my glass knobs together. The Venetian glass I melt is affixed directly to the heat resistant metal inserts I designed and have manufactured in the USA. My glass knobs will never separate as glass knobs do.
I made a video some time ago showing how I make glass knobs... http://bit.ly/1KZwX9I
Please check back because I regularly add more glass knobs and special offers.
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I am one of the few Veteran Glass Beadmakers in the USA. I have been melting glass using the lamp work technique since 1993. I am one of a handfull of lucky artists that gets to do what I love while solely supporting myself.
My Best Friend And Inspiration
Simon is my very first puppy. I have fallen head over heels madly in love with this furry friend. Simon has inspired my new lines of Glass Knobs, Bottle Stoppers and Fan/Light Pull Chains.
It is my goal to offer an exceptional product for a reasonable & fair price. I have a very simple philosophy that has suited me very well in business for many many years. It is my goal to give each client 'more' than client expects. You must be completely satisfied with your purchase. I like to keep things real simple. Let us know how we may help you. If a purchase is not what you expected please return promptly, within a couple days, and I will either replace item or return the cost of item. Whatever you want. My client is always right!
Wholesale Inquiries are welcome!
Custom orders are welcome!
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On www.glassthings.com you will find handmade Venetian Glass Cabinet knobs, other Jewels for the Home and more lines of jewelry.
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- Other Method
If you would like to include insurance on your package I can easily arrange this for you. I have never in 23 years of shipping glass experienced any breakage or lost articles. Adding insurance is a personal preference - let me know prior to your purchase and I will be pleased to add insurance for you. I will calculate the fees and add to your invoice.
OVERSEAS shipping? Of course. I will charge you what Etsy postal rate dictates.
Returns and exchanges
I accept Paypal, MasterCard and VISA cards via secure server to prevent fraud. I also accept any and all of the ways Etsy makes paying possible. You may mail personal checks or money orders. You may telephone or fax your credit card information if you choose. Shipments to Massachusetts addresses will be charged sales tax. Shipping will occur upon clearing of payment.
If you purchase an item listed on Etsy and upon receipt decide you do not want to keep please send it back to me. If I receive your purchase back within 14 days I will send you a refund minus the shipping charge and service fees. If you waited to long perhaps we can swap for something else. I want you to be pleased and am happy to want to work with you
If you order a custom designed and made product and do not like I will work with you to make it right. There are no refunds for Custom Made work. Again I will work with you until you are satisfied. I Want everyone to be happy!
Any information you give when purchasing glass things from Marj Bates Studio will never be given or sold to a third party. You may be contacted by me via telephone or email if there is a question about your order. Again - I promise never to share your information.
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