I am lucky enough to be able to introduce you to the most amazing success story; that of Chris and Jacquelyn Rice, the owners of CNY Glass. Last year I visited their studio for the first time even though I had passed it many times on Rt 12 on the way into Boonville. The brave couple had started their own business in an area that is NOT chock full of artists. Many locals here don't have money to spend on extras. But the dynamic duo managed to stay afloat by following their dream.
The glass studio is attached to the retail shop. Chris and Jacquelyn have a store on etsy and an online business site as well. They make glass beads, vases, all kinds of wine stoppers and bowls and ornaments and more. They sell online and in their retail store. They offered lessons in their studio. They rented studio space. They had stalls at farmer's markets. I was so impressed with how they managed to put a life together out of all these threads-somehow pulling it all together to make the life they love.
When I last saw Chris in August he was beginning to weld metal to create unique pieces, some of them with fused glass attached. As of my visit with him yesterday, he had made his own metal forge for his work and is planning an addition to the glass studio. They are busier thann ever before and are now showing at the bigger art events. They have made it work! And they are doing what they want to on their own terms!
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