firesignglassdesign

Firesign Glass Design

221 Sales

firesignglassdesign

Firesign Glass Design

221 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(78)
Shop owner

Ken Shay

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Announcement   Welcome to Firesign Glass Design. I am an amateur glassblower and support my glassmaking through Etsy sales. When you view my site, you're looking at the SOLE OUTLET for my work. Enjoy your journey through my catalog. If you like what you see, and especially if you like what you buy from me (and I really think you WILL LIKE anything you purchase!) be sure to tell your friends. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!

Announcement

Welcome to Firesign Glass Design. I am an amateur glassblower and support my glassmaking through Etsy sales. When you view my site, you're looking at the SOLE OUTLET for my work. Enjoy your journey through my catalog. If you like what you see, and especially if you like what you buy from me (and I really think you WILL LIKE anything you purchase!) be sure to tell your friends. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me!

Ken Shay

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Ken Shay

Handblown green glass bowl
US$20.50
Gold iridescent hand blown glass bud vase
US$13.95
Hand blown classic form green glass vase
US$18.50
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5 out of 5 stars
(78)
Elizabeth Hoitt

Elizabeth Hoitt on Jul 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This was a gift for my parents' 45th anniversary and not only was it shipped out quickly, but a wonderful handwritten note was included too. They received it 2 days ago and it now has a prominent place on their mantle. I would absolutely purchase from this shop again.

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About

Geology plus Dentistry equals Glassblowing?

My shop on Etsy was opened at the suggestion of my wife, who was running out of display space for all the pieces I brought home from my new passion. I have essentially no formal art training: I was a geology major in college and then completed dental school, both at UCLA. But about thirty years ago my wife and I began collecting some pieces of a relatively new art medium, blown glass. The interest was really ignited about ten years later when I took an evening workshop in flameworking at a local art center. That was followed by sessions at the Corning Museum, building of a flameworking studio in my home, and ultimately glassblowing at Greenfield Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and then at Baron Glassworks in Ypsilanti. Two years ago I began blowing at the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, which has been inspirational and transformational in terms of the size and complexity of what I try to produce, and fueled by exposure to a broad range of artistic styles, eye-popping expertise, and techniques. I am transfixed by the colorations and light transmission possibilities of glass but completely appreciate that nice coloration on an uninspiring form is utterly uninteresting. So while I strive technically to create forms that please the eye, most of my focus is directed at juxtaposing coloration, translucency and refraction: I regard the forms of the glass pieces as the vehicle through which I can give expression to my visions for polychromatic engagement and transport.

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  • Ken Shay

    Owner, Shipper, Photographer

    Ken is an amateur glassblower.He has worked in hot glass since the 1990s and began blowing glass around 2000, at a private studio in Ypsilanti, Michigan. His "day job" is working for the US government, developing health policy on elderly veterans.

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Last updated on September 17, 2015
I absolutely LOVE glass. I am captivated by how it blends form and color, how it encloses and creates space, by how it manipulates, reflects, and refracts light, by how it feels and how it sounds and how people feel and sound in its presence. I hope some of the passion I have for glass can be shared by sharing my work.

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Items will be shipped when payment has been confirmed thru PayPal and Etsy.
My prices reflect that I DO NOT DO THIS FOR A LIVING. These prices reflect the cost of my renting studio space plus supplies--and don't come close to paying anything for my time or all the (many, MANY) pieces that don't make it onto the website. And please be sure to review my Shipping Policies.
Shipping
My shipping prices reflect what it will cost to ship by Priority US Mail within the US in a flat-rate box, plus the cost of insurance.

Some pieces may be too large to fit in a flat rate box, in which case I will let you know any additional cost before shipping. Pieces that I can ship for substantially less than the flat rate will result in a partial refund of the shipping price thru PayPal

International shipping flat rate is quite pricey: for international customers, I quote the top price and will refund whatever is above what I am actually charged.

I do not furnish a receipt. I will be glad to include a note to the recipient if you are buying for a third party: my wife, Bonnie, makes really special gift cards. If you want it gift-wrapped, that can really increase the shipping size and therefore cost: please specify that desire and I will let you know by how much it will increase the shipping cost before sending it.

If you need special handling, delivery confirmation, express, etc.--I'm glad to arrange for that but will ask you to pay the difference. If you feel the need for your order to get that kind of service, just be sure to specify it as you order and I'll get back to you with the additional cost.
Refunds and Exchanges
If what you receive isn't what you had hoped for, within 30 days of the original purchase I will refund the purchase price, less my original shipping cost, upon receipt of the undamaged piece (in other words, you'll need to ship it back to me at your own expense). If what I sent you arrives damaged, I will refund the full price within 30 days of your receiving the item, and will attempt to provide you, for the original cost, a replacement. Because all pieces are one-of-a-kind, I will always send you pictures of the proposed replacement before shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each of my pieces is unique. If you saw something on my site you really loved--but someone else bought it first--I promise you I will TRY to re-create it--but I can't promise I will succeed. If you see something but want it in a different color or size, you are welcome to inquire about it--but it is pretty likely I will decline. Each time I make a new piece, it usually takes several attempts before something acceptable results. Since I do this for pleasure, I prefer to spend my time in the studio working on what I want to do. But sometimes what someone suggests is a really neat concept, and then I'll go for it. So you are welcome to ask!