Stephen Kitras began working as a glass blower in 1988. He studied at Sheridan College located in Oakville, Ontario Canada. For five years he worked alone handling all of the production and administrative tasks. He and his wife Elke were shipping the product from their dinning room table. In 1994 Kitras Art Glass was formed and Stephen and Elke became founding partners of the corporation. At this time, the single most important factor in the company's growth was the beginning of exportation to the United States.
By 2001 company sales had increased and a new facility was built to accomodate the increased production demands. In 2006 Stephen and Elke's oldest daughter, Sophie, joined the company and is now the sales and marketing manager. Stephen continues to be involved in the company, overseeing all new product development,training of new staff, and when he has time, working on his own art projects and commissions.
In 1999, the company suffered the loss of Elke Kitras to Leukemia, but the vision that she and Stephen developed for the company continues to thrive.
It is the vision of Kitras Art Glass to be recoginized as an excellent Canadian glass blowing studio that produces innovative, beautiful and decorative glass objects. We strive to create designs that enhance the modern home, garden and lifestyle. We believe that beautiful things enhance the enjoyment of everyday life. When surrounded by beauty the spirit is uplifted.
We hope that you will be inspired by our products, our vision and our passion and share our message with your customers or in your own home.
Initially trained as a sculptor, Sid Dickens was quickly distinguished in the early 90s for his groundbreaking, unconventional, and prolific Memory Blocks. Describing himself as extremely motivated and a relentless beholder, Sid continues to take inspiration from his travels and constant research around the world. With numerous adoring fans and celebrity collectors like Sir Elton John, Liv Tyler, Dolce & Gabanna, Bono, Sting, Phil Collins and Hilary Duff, his name and unique Memory Blocks are recognized worldwide.
Innovative finishes are achieved by his own process of working through experimentation with an unusual combination of materials and techniques. For some of the designs he has literally invented his own glazing formulas - structured to emphasize and challenge specific attributes of plaster and to respond to each piece's unique architectural volume.
Rosy Rings started in my basement over twenty years ago. Surrounded by five cats and the chug chug of a washing machine, I poured my first candles. My tools: a tiny crock pot and a few dented molds. My ingredients: chunks of sticky beeswax, vials of fragrance and an assortment of dried flowers and fruit. It wasn’t until I came up with the original Spicy Apple Botanical candle that I knew I was onto something.
Since those humble days things have changed a lot. We moved into our current 30,000 square foot facility. We buy wax by the ton instead of by the case. I own a forklift.
However, some things have stayed the same: like I still make runs for lunch and toilet paper. Seriously though, we still hand produce all of our candles right here in Denver, and a few tweaks notwithstanding, we still make them the same way we did 20 years ago.
Take our Botanical Candles: Turn one over and you’ll see it’s actually two candles. The entire process of pouring, stuffing, repouring, melting the edges, wrapping it and the countless other tasks take two whole days! And because this point bears repeating: all of this is done by hand.
Living in an urban area and working in an industrial corridor I understand how difficult it can be to connect to the beauty of nature. Candlemaking has always been a way for me to bring elements of the outdoors into my home. A scoop of lavender, a humble bowl of dried leaves or an illuminated botanical candle are all small reminders of the beauty the natural world offers us.
Quotable was started over twenty years ago with a simple mission: to inspire through the power of the written word. recent college grads gillian simon and matt fernandes-vogel knew there were people out there like themselves who wanted smart, simple cards that just weren't available at the time. they had an idea to quote great writers, artists, and thinkers and use their words as the foundation for the design.
The result is the original and incomparable typographical style of quotable. this remains the often imitated, never replicated look of the line to this day. what started as 48 black+white cards has grown into a full and flourishing range of cards, magnets, mugs, and a variety of other gift and stationery items. although gillian and matt may have picked up a few employees along the way, quotable still operates with the care, ingenuity, and personal attention of the start up it once was.