Author Archives: Annie

About Annie

Since 1983, Annieglass has been sustainably handcrafting luxury glass tableware and gifts completely in the United States. Annieglass captures the beauty of imperfect, handmade glass through a special “slumping” process pioneered by award-winning artist and founder Annie Morhauser. Architectural glass is cut, polished, and decorated with genuine platinum or 24k gold, and then set into kilns whereby the glass “slumps” into their ceramic molds, bonding glass and precious metals. Each unique piece features tell tale stretch marks of the glass pulling the precious metal over the mold, which ensures dishwasher safety, durability and a lifetime of use. Adding to authenticity, every piece of Annieglass is hand engraved with a studio signature. A favorite on bridal registries, collected by celebrities and home cooks worldwide, and recognized in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection, Annieglass can be found at their Watsonville studio on California’s central coast, at Annieglass on Santana Row in San Jose, on annieglass.com and in the finest stores worldwide.

Happy Arbor Day! Annieglass Inspirations and Ideas

I think that I shall never see, a poem as lovely as a tree–Joyce Kilmer

Happy Arbor Day! We’ve got reasons why you should plant a tree this year, and share the Annieglass Leaves Collection celebrating the beauty of trees.

Do you know all the benefits of trees? Besides beautifully heralding each new season with the changing of leaves, they provide an impact on our personal lives and surroundings. The Arbor Day Foundation shares that trees fight climate change, tame stormwater, save energy and reduce your monthly energy costs, provide food for wildlife–and people!–and can actually help conserve soil and water. Discover all of the benefits at arborday.org.

Ever inspired by nature, I designed the Annieglass Leaves Collection. Bring these pieces into your home for year round appreciation of the importance of trees, and their beauty.

Maple and Birch from the Annieglass Leaves Collection. Available in large or medium sizes, and clear or green glass.

Maple and Birch from the Annieglass Leaves Collection. Available in large or medium sizes, clear or green glass…and great to mix and match.

Palm Fronds from the Annieglass Leaves Collection. Inspired by tropical visits to Hawaii and perfect for summer entertaining.

Palm Fronds from the Annieglass Leaves Collection. Inspired by tropical visits to Hawaii and perfect for summer entertaining.

Annieglass makes great gifts when celebrating special occasions, and so do trees! Saplings are small and affordable, making them great presents to receive and give…Show your environmental consciousness and gift them to wedding guests, give one to new parents to plant and grow with their child, or as a housewarming gift for a twist on the old potted plant.

Happy planting!

Posted in Holidays | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Annieglass: Hearts

Because we all heart moms! Show your mom, and all of the wonderful mothers in your life, how much they are loved with an Annieglass heart this Mother’s Day. Trimmed in 24k gold or platinum, embellished with roses and songbirds, and durable for a lifetime of use–these Annieglass Mother’s Day gift ideas make a happy ending of your shopping list.

2015 Collectible Rose Heart. Annieglass top pick this Mother's Day! Only available for the 2015 calendar year!

The Annieglass top pick this Mother’s Day…2015 Collectible Rose Heart. Only available for the 2015 calendar year! Make it even more special with a personal engraving.

Annieglass 8" Ruffle Heart Bowls. Available in 24k gold or genuine platinum trim.

Let Mom have her frills this year, with an Annieglass 8″ Ruffle Heart Bowl. And dishwasher safe? How practical, after all. Available in 24k gold or genuine platinum trim.

6 patterns let you choose the perfect Annieglass 7" Heart Plate. Whatever Mom's style, you'll find what she loves in one of these 7" 24k gold or genuine platinum embellished plates.

6 patterns let you choose the perfect Annieglass 7″ Heart Plate. Whatever Mom’s style, you’ll find what she loves in one of these 24k gold or genuine platinum embellished plates.

Gold and platinum rimmed plates and bowls that are as practical as they are beautiful. The Annieglass Hearts Collection comes in various sizes and are food and dishwasher safe.

Gold and platinum rimmed plates and bowls that are elegant yet understated, and guaranteed to touch the heart. The Annieglass Hearts Collection are simply beautiful, and durable enough to last a lifetime.

Make your gift even more special this Mother’s Day with a personal note hand engraved on your Annieglass heart. Find more details on Annieglass personalization option here.

Find the Heart Collection online at annieglass.com.

 

 

Posted in Collections, Holidays | Leave a comment

Annieglass on Santana Row Opens Friday, April 17!

Tomorrow is Annieglass on Santana Row’s opening day! Our new retail store is absolutely beautiful, and I cannot wait to welcome everyone who makes it to the San Jose shopping district to visit–as a thank you to those who do, we are giving a free Annieglass tote bag to the first 100 customers with purchase.

Annieglass on Santana Row

Annieglass on Santana Row

After months of planning and designing (get the behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of Annieglass on Santana Row here), I am so thrilled to announce that our store is ready to open its doors tomorrow, Friday, April 17.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Annieglass on Santana Row will feature our full collections, all handcrafted by our skilled team of artisans in the Watsonville, CA studio. The retail store will also feature gifts for the home, and an array of jewelry from globally recognized artists such as Alexis Bittar, Philippa Roberts and Michael Vincent Michaud, fashion forward, fresh jewelry artists like Mickey Lynn, along with fair trade and upcycled collections.

Philippa Robers Jewelry

Philippa Roberts Jewelry

I chose the design team of Timerie Gordon and Nielsen Architects of Santa Cruz with the directive to create a space where “Audrey Hepburn meets Amy Winehouse,” elegant yet edgey. They transformed my vision into a reality. Utilizing raw cypress from a neighboring mill, throughout the interior created a playful mix of texture and materials.

Annieglass on our beautiful custom built table.

Annieglass Salt and Dune pieces on our beautiful custom built table.

See you at Annieglass on Santana Row!

Posted in Santana Row | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Annieglass Wedding Wednesday: Earth Day Inspirations

With Earth Day around the corner, and bridal season in full swing, we at Annieglass started looking into ways to combine the two…Turns out, there are a ton of ways to pull of an earth-friendly, beautiful “green” wedding!

Decrease transportation pollution...choose ceremony and reception venues that are close by.

Decrease transportation pollution…choose ceremony and reception venues that are close by.

Green weddings decrease the impact of your big day on the planet – and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. Every part of a wedding has eco-friendly options worth considering, here are some of our favorites…

The Jewelry:
Opt for eco-conscious jewelery featuring recycled stones and metals, as well as ethically sourced diamonds and gems. Family heirlooms, vintage or antique pieces, or handmade items are also sustainable, and often less expensive (saving more $ for environmental causes).

Photo Courtesy: The Innovation Diaries

Let your ring signify your love, and your commitment to an ethical, sustainable future. Photo Courtesy: The Innovation Diaries

The Invites:
Save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards…so much paper! Recycled and post-consumer waste paper, tree-free paper, soy inks, and digital correspondence options all offer beautiful and elegant ways to reduce resource consumption. Or go fully digital and put all of the pertinent info on a wedding website–you’ll be surprised at how appreciative your guests will be to find all they need to know in one place.

The Flowers:
Use local, seasonal and organic flowers, which are never sprayed with toxic chemicals, to lower fuel consumption and decrease harmful pesticides being sprayed into the environment. Great Tip! Reuse ceremony flowers for the reception, then donate them to a nursing home or hospital.

Photo Courtesy: Cedar Wood Weddings

Support your community–not chemicals–with local,  organic flowers.                 Photo Courtesy: Cedar Wood Weddings

The Registry:
Already have a blender and toaster? Encourage guests to make donations to your favorite non-profits and environmental organizations, instead of doing the usual big-box registry. Or, create your bridal registry with a green business…Did you know Annieglass just won the Green Award for Eco-Sustainability? Many don’t know that all of our luxury glassware is handcrafted adhering to sustainable, environmentally concsious business practices. Learn more about how we incorporate Earth Day ideals 365 days of the year, browse the Annieglass collections, then sign-up for our online bridal registry!

Register for what you really want! Annieglass Edgey, Salt and Slab.

Register for what you really want! Annieglass Edgey, Salt and Slab, all sustainably handcrafted on California’s central coast.

(Thanks to Green Weddings 101 for their inspiring ideas!)

Posted in wedding wednesdays, Weddings | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Annieglass Santana Row Opens Friday! Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek

Annieglass’ new Santana Row retail store opens this Friday, April 17 at the San Jose outdoor shopping mall. Get a sneak peek with our behind-the-scenes look at the making of Annieglass Santana Row. Then make sure to come visit us!

Painted, lights installed, shelves hung, time to start moving in!

Painted, lights installed, shelves up…time to start moving in!

After months of planning and designing, I was so excited to see the interior painted and ready for us to start moving in. Huge thanks to Timerie Gordon and Nielsen Architects for all of their help turning my ideas into reality.

Seeing diamonds...

Seeing diamonds…

Once our beautiful, dark hardwood floors were finished, it was time to add the diamond-shaped mirror embellishment around the gift wrap counter. I lost count as to how many, but it was worth it–they came out great!

Wooden float shelves will display Annieglass beautifully.

Raw wood shelves will display Annieglass beautifully.

Don’t you love these shelves? They are handmade by Jackel Enterprises Inc. in Watsonville, CA near the Annieglass studio. The raw wood will juxtapose the luxury look of Annieglass glassware for a perfect complement–both are durable and locally handcrafted, too! (Thanks to Danette, our jewelry manager, for her tireless help!)

It takes a team at Annieglass!

It takes a team at Annieglass!

Our skilled artisans tried their hand at moving when it was time to load up the trucks at the Annieglass studio in Watsonville with glassware for Santana Row. An hour drive on winding Highway 17, and not a piece broke–proof of Annieglass’ durability!

How would you get Annieglass into the store?

How would you get over 1,000 Annieglass plates into the store?

Our new neighbors at Santana Row got a kick out of our moving means! But what can we say? It worked! And now for the exciting part…filling the store with Annieglass!

Welcome to Annieglass on Santana Row.

Welcome to Annieglass on Santana Row.

It is so rewarding to see a project from start to finish. Annieglass on Santana Row was a long time coming, and we couldn’t be happier with the end result. The new store is absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to open this Friday, April 17th!

Find us in Suite 1105 on Santana Row, San Jose, CA. We’ll be open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 9pm, and Sunday 11am – 7pm. We already have great events planned, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and keep up with the Annieglass blog.

See you there!

Posted in Santana Row | Leave a comment