It's finally here! We'd love for you to join us this weekend at our Spring Factory Sale in Beacon, New York! For these two days only, we're opening our doors to the public for deals, snacks, and fun! It's the perfect opportunity to score the new lighting that you've always wanted for 50-80% off! A highlight of the two day sale is glass-blowing demonstrations by our talented hot shop team. You'll get the chance to witness the philosophy behind Niche - handmade in New York! Glass-blowing is an incredible art form to watch up-close and personal, and it's fantastic for the whole family. We wanted to give you a moment to brush up on your glass-blowing terminology, so here are some techniques, tricks, and tools you'll see in action this weekend!
Heading to Beacon, New York for the first time for our Spring Factory Sale? We certainly don't want you to get hungry, so we compiled a guide for you with some top spots to eat! Follow these simple ABCs of Beacon's restaurants, bars, and cafes and your stomach will thank you later!
We're not just playing with hot glass at Niche HQ! When a piece is finished in our Hot Shop, it goes into a lehr, a temperature-controlled kiln for annealing glass objects. Rapid cooling of hot glass generates an uneven temperature distribution throughout the glass, which results in stress sufficient to cause cracking before the object has reached room temperature. To prevent this, glass objects are annealed by cooling gradually in the lehr from a temperature just below the solidification point of the glass. Anneal cooling rate depends on the thickness of the glass and size of the object. When it's done, the piece is ready to be cold-worked - the collective term for techniques used to alter and finish cold glass. Here's how we do it!