Back Alley Glass

American Made Since 2012

Simeon Lisk

Woodbine, Iowa
There are endless possibilities of creation with glass from functional art designs to sculptural pieces to public installations.

Tell us about your business.

Located in, Woodbine, a progressive and historic Iowa town, you will find Back Alley Glass. Artist Simeon Lisk and his wife, Elizabeth, found themselves nestled in this small town by following their dreams. In 2012, the Lisk’s were able to open a glass blowing studio. At Back Alley Glass you will find an eclectic mix of collaboration, inspiration and vibrant personalities. Back Alley Glass provides high quality glass art as well as handmade functional products. We focus on blown glass functional art to abstract glass pieces to wall relief tiles. Back Alley Glass would like evolve by seeing more public art installations, private art collections and wholesale accounts made. Fire allows glass to be molded, shaped and pulled to create beautiful pieces of glass.

What makes your business stand out?

Not only are we among the few glass blowing business in Iowa, we are attached to a recently renovated cooperative gallery space, Artisan. We want to succeed in having a successful business but we also want to promote art throughout the communities we can. From unique table sets to corporate art installation we strive for creativity in everything we produce in hopes that it will inspire, encourage and satisfy everyone it touches.

What's the best business advice you've received?

"The only people I want to get even with are the ones who have helped me" - Ed Fennel

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

    Meet the judges
  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

    See the finalists
  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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