The Olio

They literally broke my heart....

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

I wrote this blog post a few weeks ago, but hadn't posted it yet. I do that a lot, write things, but wait to post them for a while. I have a lot on my list, I like to sit on things sometimes, I wait for my boyfriend to read it, whatever....in this case, I needed a new photo, so that took a while and I hadn't posted this story yet. About the cats, which is funny and I like my title a lot, but anyway, I digress....I waited to post, as I normally do, but then this happened. The...

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Sometimes, we just don't know what to say.....

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

Last week I was teaching an evening class. Ben and Karen were my students, and it was their third week of class. They are still very much beginners, everything is still awkward, they are unsure of the steps, they dip too far in the furnace, forget to turn, all of it is still on a very steep, and sometimes very scary, learning curve. But it was the third week of four, and I am the instructor who wants them to get everything possible out of every minute. The hole is on, it's literally burning money, and we only have two hours...

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Time for an update!

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

Those who have been reading along (who knew? thanks Laura!!!) need an update. I am truly relieved and elated to say that the furnace has been working properly and no apparent other issues seem to be appearing (no need to jinx it right?). As my mother likes to say 'cautiously optimistic' is where we sit now. Since about December 20th, just in time for the holiday season where families, friends, colleagues, and anyone can come to experience hot glass, connect, and have fun.  It has been a stressful pleasure to be in the shop, the best way I can describe...

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It's now officially referred to as the "Fall 2019 Sh*t Show"

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

What a wild fall. I think that was my title last time I wrote a blog. So grateful, just to be here and exist. Same feeling today really...except it's also not.....I wrote this blog less than a week ago, when the furnace was working, I just hadn't posted it yet. Today the furnace is not working. I can't even seem to write a blog post that is accurate for longer than a couple days. ____________________ This is what I wrote last week: The furnace is back online, mostly. Still tinkering with some wires, had to order a couple new thermocouples,...

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What a Fall!

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

Five years have gone by. It's been a ride. We will celebrate many things this week. Five years of successful existence - five years of students, demos, events, glass art, commissions, special requests, apprentices, and so much more.....five years is a long time and goes by very fast, and we do feel extremely successful in many ways. But what exactly does the word "success" mean in the world of entrepreneurship, non-profits, social enterprises? Success comes in many forms, many flavors, many shades - it's very hard to see what success really looks like unless you are living it every day and...

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