RelaxedGlass

Beautiful And Creative Designs Using Glass

Frankfort, Illinois

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Announcement    UPDATE: November 15, 2016

I am finally getting back to my glass studio creations. After too many interruptions, life is getting back to normal. I will be updating my Etsy shoppe in the upcoming days to display some of the Holiday items I have on hand for sale.

Stay tuned, and as always, thank you for looking at my pieces!

kim

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 15, 2016

UPDATE: November 15, 2016

I am finally getting back to my glass studio creations. After too many interruptions, life is getting back to normal. I will be updating my Etsy shoppe in the upcoming days to display some of the Holiday items I have on hand for sale.

Stay tuned, and as always, thank you for looking at my pieces!

kim

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Kim Pavlik

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Kim Pavlik

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About RelaxedGlass

Sales 26
On Etsy since 2014

A hobby that is becoming a business!

Over the past 30 years, I have made a career for myself in sales. I have experience in retail sales, wholesalers, business-to-business sales, cold-calling, and managing sales people working with me. Sales, as a career choice, involves achieving success and learning to deal with disappointment. Hearing the word "No," has always determined me to work harder and figure out where things failed and use those failures to work smarter next time.

About 10 years ago, I found a pottery-painting studio and befriended the owner. I was there all the time, and I enjoyed having my new friend teach me different techniques of painting and decorating my project. Around the 8th year or so, she showed me a project that she had done in which she incorporated glass into her pottery before she fired it in her kiln. I found it to be super interesting! She had gotten so busy and her business was flourishing, therefore, we never found the time for her to show me this newest technique to design a new pottery piece. I was very curious about this "glass" that she had used and starting reading a little bit about "fused glass."

In 2011, I had decided that I would sit down with my girlfriend and speak with her about the possibility of me starting a glass business without stepping on any toes! If she had said that she would be offended that I would be a direct competitor with her, I would have not made the investment to start my endeavor. Instead, she helped me shop for a kiln and gave me glass and supplier information and hints about how glass reacts in a kiln and other resources I should use. She is a wealth of information and I am forever grateful!

The largest investment I needed to make was in my kiln. After I purchased my kiln, I jumped right in and, pun intended, learned in trial-by-fire experiments one after another. There was absolutely no harm in what I was doing and, in fact, I learned by all of my successes and failures how my particular projects reacted to heat and time in the kiln. I started out with flattening used glass bottles. Quickly, I found that there were a lot of laws of physics involved here. I took some classes and changed my techniques and began enjoying my new hobby much more. This experimental phase took me up to 2013.

In 2013, I began making projects using virgin glass. This glass is made in a controlled environment in which all glass, no matter what color, texture, thickness, etc. was able to be fused, or joined, together without the glass cracking. This added a whole new dimension to my hobby. I took a rather intense, 3-day class in Michigan in which I learned all of the things I had done wrong and how to do some things much better. The class allowed me to come back and utilize new ideas to create thousands of projects that are much different than recycling/upcycling glass bottles and jars.

I started my business, Relaxed Glass, in 2013. My daughter, Rachel, utilized her talent in helping me design my company logo. Finally, we published our new business on the web.

Today, we are on Etsy.com and Facebook. While all of our items are not yet on Etsy.com, I work constantly to continue to advertise and promote Relaxed Glass. We now offer painted projects also that are produced using a piece of glass, whether it's a bottle, plate, jar, etc. These items are painted with a special paint made out of crushed glass and when heated in the kiln, everything joins together and can turn out amazingly beautiful and unique pieces of usable art. My hobby has become a small business and each piece is made with the talent that I am blessed with and the love that I have for this art!

UPDATED 3-31-15: Recently, I have been told that my items are simply pre-cut pieces of glass that I "melt" together in a kiln. I can assure that EVERY single piece of glass for any of my projects (excluding bottles), is hand-cut - many pieces must be custom-fit together to make an eye, ears, mouth, arms, feet, antlers, etc. If I were simply melting pre-cut pieces of glass, it wouldn't take 5-7 days to complete one item.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 19, 2015
The name of my Etsy shoppe is "Relaxed Glass." Here on these pages, I am hopeful that I have exactly what you need and, if not, let's create something!

I have been doing glass artwork for several years now and it is both therapeutic and fun at the same time, to create the kinds of items and collections that I find unique and many times satisfying as an artist. I've always said I was NOT artistic and had trouble drawing stick-figures using a stencil!

It wasn't until I started experimenting with glass - bottles, jars, windows, etc. - that I realized that whatever I created from these various resources, not only was I recycling glass, but I was, in fact, creating useful items from that recycled glass!

Once I worked with bottles, I decided to take the next step and try using Art Glass, or as I like to call it, "Virgin" Glass. From this "virgin" glass, I can create decorative and utilitarian items. Many of the products you see in my shoppe are unable to be duplicated, although, I can make something that is similar. I am always trying, experimenting, and learning.

If there are any items that you would like to ask me about; perhaps something you would like to see, please send me a message under "Ask a Question." This can be found on any item page.

From my home here in Frankfort, IL where I am married and raising 3 daughters, I welcome you to my Etsy.com shoppe and am excited for you to be here!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Once an order has been placed, there are no refunds. In the case of breakage during shipment, the buyer is responsible for taking photos of the packaging and the item received. If you have the option, check the merchandise before the delivery person leaves. Require their signature on your shipping receipt next to a statement describing the damage. Should you have a problem, such as a rare internal crack, please DO NOT PICK UP THE BROKEN PIECES! Sweep them into a paper bag, and contact me! We can talk about a resolution to the issue.

ANY BREAKAGE DUE TO DROPS, CHIPS, NEGLIGENCE, ABUSE OR LACK OF CAUTION WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO REPLACEMENT! I understand that accidents happen, but as I promise to be honest with my clientele, I expect the same.

All CUSTOM designs will be approved by the buyer prior to commitment to purchase. Once a custom order has been placed, approved, and purchased, NO refunds or cancellations will be allowed, with the exceptions as stated above regarding breakage.

Should you have any questions or special requests, please let me know. I can be contacted by email - klpmaryk [!at] comcast.net
Payment
All payments are due when orders are placed. I will do my very best to keep you updated on processing times and shipment/delivery dates.

Once an order has been placed, there are no refunds. You have until 12:00 a.m. midnight, Central Standard Time, to cancel any order. After this time, your order will be entered into the system and will begin to enter the production process.
Shipping
All shipments will be shipped by USPS unless another option has been chosen by the buyer or another shipping option is more cost- and time-effective. I understand that sometimes things do not arrive when they are expected, however, if I can help track down a package, I will do my best!

I do my best to give you the fairest shipping charges. As USPS, UPS, and FedEx charges increase, I must pass these increases along to you, my customer. NOTE: US Postal Service rates have increased, therefore increasing my shipping charges.

ALL SHIPPING OVERAGES WILL BE REFUNDED!
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders, such as photographs on glass, are in need of greater detail than an order going through my ordering system. The area on the product page stating, "Ask A Question," is THE place to get more information on your specific project! Feel free to send me questions and comments BEFORE you place an order so you can approve the end product prior to committing to final purchase.