For 20 years we created and sold original lines of fine art/craft. ALWAYS haunted by the environmentally wrong processes and materials we were involved with. Aerosol spray cans, toxic glazes, energy sucking kilns, miles of bubble wrap and mountains of Styrofoam peanuts…To top it off we would load a one ton gas guzzling truck and travel across the state and even the country to exhibit.
In the Summer of 2007 while watching a world wide broadcast of the Green Concert we were inspired…
On that weekend we launched Reborn Glass - Artful reminders To Conserve….
Through diligent trial and error we developed a process to create kiln formed fused recycled bottle glass home accents and gifts. Let me be clear about the kiln however, it is a super energy efficient computer controlled fusing oven…not at all like the ceramic kilns from our past.
Soon, we realized that bottles only come in brown (earth), green (trees), blue (water) and Clear (air)…the relationship between those colors and our natural resources sparked even more inspiration for this project.
Of course we have a network of friends and family bringing us their empties but a relationship with the Ritz Carlton of Naples (Florida Certified GREEN Lodging) contributes a large amount of our recycled bottles.
Washing the bottles and removing the labels is the most miserable part of our process. Mike has designed and welded steel glass smashing devises that have become larger and more sophisticated as our business expands.
We are VERY mindful that thoughts become things…so we focus always on the most positive side of every situation no matter how challenging that is at times. We continually strive for a state of gratefulness in our lives and our work.
The best part of our job is the freedom…to have a flexible routine that allows us to tailor each day to fit the needs of our family and still get our work done. Working in our pajamas is another huge bonus!