The week before last, I was in Albuquerque on business. I used that opportunity to visit my friends Karen and Dana Robbins of Robbins Ranch Art Glass out at their studio.
Karen and I were officemates many moons ago and when we worked together, she and her husband were working on their dream of being self-sustaining, working artists and running their own business selling art glass. I’m so happy that they are finally realizing their dream.
I wish I had had my camera to take pictures of their cute little adobe house and ranch out in the wilds of New Mexico. They have done a great job over the years of really making this place their own, right down to the glass doorknobs all over the place.
I also got to watch Dana at work, with Karen as his able assistant. During that time, they made this kissing fish, which I knew I just had to have. I was mesmerized by the whole process, not to mention freaked out by the high temps! Karen and Dana are a great team and I loved watching their rhythm and concentration.
They make an assortment of glass items, including their very popular hot air balloons, and they sell their items at shows all over the place. Check out their website for more info and for their show schedule. They’ll also take custom orders!