Great year for Art Glass Ensembles. I hired a full-time employee, and have 3 part-time assistants helping with specific projects. Our wholesale product line continues to perform very well. New commissions for residential and ecclesiastical customers bring us joy to design and create. The City of Denton's "Pops" Carter public art sculpture returned to the studio for repair, and will soon be back on display in Denton. The staff at Art Glass Ensembles is dedicated to continuing education in safety, art history, and advanced glass art techniques. Here's to a wonderful 2019.
Here's an article written about myself and Art Glass Ensembles, and published in the 3/31/2016 edition of the University of North Texas "Daily" newspaper....
Approximately a third of my income comes from my wholesale stained glass giftware orders. Wholesale shows are quite differet from retail shows. A retail show is open to the public, and features the artist selling their artwork directly to the customer. A wholesale show, on the other hand, is only open to qualified wholesale buyers; typically retail store owners, catalog buyers, museum shop buyers, etc. The public is not allowed into these types of shows.
Another difference is a wholesale show is strictly for taking orders. We bring our samples to the show; the buyers place their orders and delivery dates; and when the show is over, we pack up our supplies and display booth, and head back home to make and ship the orders.
Wholesale pricing is different from retail pricing. It takes a lot of business savy to do wholesale crafts successfully. If you are interested in talking to me about how to make a living as a wholesale craft artists, contact me.