Craig Mitchell Smith Glass

American Made Since 2005

Craig Mitchell Smith

Okemos, Michigan
Craig works with public, private gardens and homeowners to design unique spaces utilizing his one of a kind nature inspired glass sculptures.

Tell us about your business.

A call from HGTV to set up an appointment to film his home, but inquiring about that ‘blue sculpture in the background’ (a very early experimental glass sculpture re-purposing a gazing ball), set Craig to purchasing his own kiln and creating glass pieces transforming his basement into a studio just in time for the video taping...of his glass work! Craig’s kiln-formed glass art appeared in 15 gallery shows from 2006-2010. In 2009, Craig became the first recipient of the now annually awarded Individual Arts Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. This grant funded the materials for his first public garden exhibition at Cooley Law School Gardens. Soon thereafter, he exhibited at the gardens of Michigan State University. In October, 2010, Craig opened Craig Mitchell Smith Glass Gallery in Meridian Mall, Okemos, Michigan, the largest single artist gallery in the state.

What makes your business stand out?

Craig’s creative approach to kiln-formed glass (he invented many of the processes he uses) combines fusing, ingenious texturing, slumping and cold work to create the pieces he displays. Often working in collaboration with local metal artists, Craig has engineered large scale glass and metal sculptures to enhance nature. Much like a blossom calls our attention to the plants around it, Craig’s pieces stop us in our tracks, emphasizing the beauty of nature around us and awakening us fully to experience it. His knowledge and experiences from his roots to the skills acquired as he branched into lighting and design, painting, floral work and interior design have nurtured his artistic gift. Craig currently employs three production assistants, a Business Manager and provides rent-free retail space to several local artists.

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

Give back!

Comments (0)


Mark Your Calendar

    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winner and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
    Nov. 7, 2014

    Join Martha at the American Made Summit kickoff cocktail party.

    Buy Tickets Now
    Nov. 8, 2014

    Don’t miss our networking event and maker lecture series in New York City.

    Buy Tickets Now
    Nov. 15 - 16, 2014

    Shop for holiday gifts at the Martha Stewart American Made Pavilion.

    Learn More

More Finalists

  • 2014 Audience Choice Winner
    Self taught metal artist opened up a gallery on bridge-less low country island 13+ years ago to specialize in handcrafting coastal sculptures.
    Crafts, Recycled, Upcycled, Vintage Crafts
  • 2014 Crafts Finalist


    Clare Schaumann
    Capri Luna is a line of blank note cards with hand-drawn, whimsical illustrations using eco-friendly paper, printing, and packaging.
    Crafts, Paper Crafts
  • 2014 Crafts Finalist

    Carver Junk Company

    Brandy Dressen
    Carver Junk Company. Repurpose. Recycle. Relove. We carry vintage, industrial, repurposed and locally handmade furniture and home decor.
    Crafts, Recycled, Upcycled, Vintage Crafts
  • 2014 Style Finalist


    Sarah Masciana & Kate Marr
    Goodbye, terrycloth. Hello, healthy hair. Our gentle and lightweight bamboo-fiber hair towel will leave your hair feeling happy and healthy.
    Style, Beauty