Robin's Nest Stained Glass
Tell us about your business.Robin's Nest Stained Glass was started in 2008. After 10 years of being an hourly employee and feeling like my talent and creativity was fading I took the risk of starting my own business. As sole owner, I am able to put more labor and a higher quality of materials into my designs to make them a work of art I am proud to put my name on. I feel the result of this is the fact that my business exists mainly by word of mouth from previous clients. I have recently started teaching classes and would like to continue being creative and teaching others what I have learned. My goal is to introduce my business to other states, and to publish a book of my designs. My main goal is to be able to do this without compromising any quality of my products, and to continue enjoying what I am doing.
What makes your business stand out?The art of Stained Glass has been essentially unchanged since medieval times. Details are still hand painted and fired to 1200 degrees to permanently capture the art into the glass. My designs are still drawn by hand, sometimes watercolor added before presenting to client. All glass is then cut by a simple hand held glass cutter, foiled or leaded to create the piece, whether it is a small panel or a 250 square foot Church installation. My business specializes in glass for places of worship, as a show of my appreciation, I always donate back to the Church with an offering.
What's the best business advice you've received?When I first started showing my glass in the early 90's, a patron said that I was not presenting anything that said "wow". The next show I produced my signature piece, it was placed first in a competition and then purchased by one of the jurors! This one bit of criticism changed my attitude to push my boundaries and always strive to do better.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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