By Kelly Sabetta
Delish Handmade Glass is a company that offers specially handcrafted glass jewelry, beads, and sterling silver products. Based in Rochester, NY, the company was created and designed in 2007 by Jeremy Griffith (of Carbondale, IL) and Chelsea Foehr (of Redding, CT).
How did you get your name?
Jeremy: So the story goes…in 2006 I was asked to be a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA for Jeremy Lepisto and his wife Mel George. They told me that having two “Jeremy’s” was not going to work, so they said I better come up with a nickname. The other teaching assistant was Mark Salsbury, aka “T-Bone.” Therefore, they said that if I didn’t come with a nickname they would call me “Delishious” (that is how Mel’s spells it –she is from Australia), so that the assistants would be known as “Delishious T-Bone.” After that so many people knew me as “Delish” that Chelsea and I decided to call our company Delish Handmade Glass.
When was the exact moment you realized you wanted to be an artist?
Chelsea: I don’t think there was one instant where I went from not being an artist to being one; it has always been my nature, from birth. I suppose the realization that I am an artist occurred over time as I discovered more qualities about myself that were already there.
Jeremy: I have always loved to make. As a child/teenager I was a painter and then toward the end of my teenage years I saw my first glob of molten glass. I was hooked and from that moment on I knew I wanted to be a glass artist.
How did your company come about? What inspired you to create something like this for the community?
Jeremy/Chelsea: It’s kind of odd, but we knew several people that were closing their glass shops due to hard economic times while we were in the midst of opening ours. Many of the glass shops that closed or are currently closing are on the west coast (mainly Seattle, WA), which has the densest population of glassworkers in the country. We decided after being in Rochester for a bit that it seemed like a great place to start up a shop. There aren’t too many of us out here. Rochester is close to so many metropolitan areas and people in New York love art –we’ve always done well at the shows here. So, we decided to take the plunge and give this a shot.
In your own words, what types of products do you offer?
Jeremy/Chelsea: One-of-a-kind hand blown glass. We make a large variety of items, from jewelry to home decor. Our portfolio is much larger than what we make available at our festivals and we are always looking for a challenge. We have the capabilities of doing custom pieces and larger, architectural scale commissions as well.
What feedback have you received from showcasing your work?
Jeremy/Chelsea: We are often told by customers that they have never seen anything like what we do. We strive to have unique designs in our forms, patterns and color techniques, and are pleased when we hear that our customers recognize that.
The biggest thing we hear from the public is, “How do you do that?” and, “How often do you get burnt?”
What should attendees expect to see from you at this year’s Festival?
Jeremy/Chelsea: A large collection of unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass art with something for everyone! We have inexpensive, fun items like bacon and egg earrings as well as elegant sculptural vases.
What’s one thing that you’d like people to know about you, that they may not already know?
Jeremy/Chelsea: That we have a new studio location where our work is available for purchase and that we will soon be teaching bead and pendant-making classes there as well.
Where/how can people purchase your work?
Jeremy/Chelsea: At our upcoming art shows that are always posted on our Web site, http://www.delishglass.com, Etsy.com, and at our studio every first Friday of the month from 6:00-9:00 p.m. (or anytime by appointment).
1115 East Main St
Door 2, Floor 3, Room #350
You will also be able to find Delish Handmade Glass at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th. Stop by their booth to see their original, one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass.