The Olio

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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Testimonials

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

    My experience at the Olio has been overall very fun, but eye opening. Working at the Olio has been an experience that I won’t forget for a long time!  -Michael       No visit is ever the same! I learned new skills and had a completely different and wonderful experience, there is so much to learn! -Hu       I like how smooth things run here; like when we are trying to get things done, we get it done very fast! -My'Asia

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What exactly is an olio?

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

It is a dish of many flavors, a hodge-podge, a medley....that's the definition of the word, and this place. An olio is a thing, it's in the dictionary and it's not the gross fake butter from the 80's, that's 'oleo'.  I get asked this a lot, what it means. A friend suggested the word when I described this dream of mine. This weird idea to start a school for teens, to teach them this magic thing called glassblowing. The Olio is all about glass in many ways, yes of course. But it is actually also about many other things, perhaps...

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two years, two days, two minutes

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

This September 8th marks our second birthday open as a business. I remember the day two years ago vividly, we had been waiting for months for all the final construction, paperwork, and inspections to pass. It felt like forever, but then all of a sudden we had our C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy) and we were legit. Just like that. I had conceived of this idea almost 20 years prior, and now it was real, and more terrifying than I really expected. Fast forward two years later, to today, and still sometimes it can be terrifying, but so much less so...

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pros and minions

Posted by Rebeccah Byer on

I had a meeting with some of my favorite people at Flywheel last week, my professional rock band if you will. Peter and Nathan scolded me a little for not blogging enough, which they should. Marketing, which involves blogging, is the hardest part of my job. It's not necessarily about knowing what to do, that much we have generally figured out. It's finding the time to learn, and then do, and then also delegate efficiently....and all while operating lean of course. It's a huge job, never-ending, and all encompassing of several different platforms that we need to know and understand. Blogs,...

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