2014: A Year in Review...

  I like to learn things the hard way.

  I would have to say that most of my life has been comprised of this type of learning.  Now just what is learning the hard way to me?  Well 95% of the time it costs me financially.  It's a car that just after being repaired, cracks a head and becomes a fancy lawn ornament leaving me to public transit hell.  Yes hell.  I have walked/biked easily over 500 miles and taken way too long to get everywhere.

   Now this is not just a rant.  I also therefore had the chance to learn from this hard experience.  I've realized from reading countless entrepreneur books over the years that it all seems to fall to pieces before the rebuilding can begin and a steady business emerges.  This has been my experience anyway.  It has taught me the value of time management especially when dealing with hour long commute times via bus.  I have chased or ran to the bus stop on numerous occasions and experienced being slave to bus arrivals and departures.  I also learned about asking for help.

  I have always had the do it yourself attitude which seemed to work for a long time, but I have added a new partner to MoltenWorks that is exactly what I needed.  Someone who is as passionate as I am about becoming self employed creating unique furniture, light fixtures and other home ware accessories.  His name is Jared and with his background in welding, he is a perfect addition!  I am so excited for this year as we look to accomplish many great things! Especially when we finally get our new TIG welder to begin producing furniture!

  I have been quiet for the last few months as I have been so busy learning in the studio and figuring out this dream they call self employment as well as balancing work and social life(not been so good at the social life part).  As I reflect on 2014, it was a year of becoming well educated in glass, learning how to sell it, and create a voice within fused glass that is unique.

The First product I produced about 2 years ago...

The First product I produced about 2 years ago...

The full spread at the Duvall Sandblast Festival at the end of the summer last year...

The full spread at the Duvall Sandblast Festival at the end of the summer last year...

have had the most amazing year of figuring out a new way to work with fused glass.  I'm sure there is someone out there doing something similar, but this has been a process that has taken over a year to refine and it continues to improve with every new product produced.

For those not familiar with how all this is created, I will be posting more pictures of the process in the next few weeks.  The basic idea is taking powdered glass using a sifter to dust it over a clear piece of glass and I use stencils to control where the glass ends up as well. 

The New Year beginning brings a refresh button for myself to expand my company enough to become fully self employed.  I will be sharing my journey forward and having a blast creating all sorts of new products!  

Happy New Year to everyone and I look forward to great things in 2015 with my new partner Jared and mentor Randall.

-Kevin