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The Importance of Philanthropy

As we went to press with this issue, yet another COVID-19 vari-ant was rearing its head across the globe.

Companies and organizations have a couple years’ experience figuring out how to conduct business amid health regulations and shutdowns. Nonprofit organizations have been more deeply affected by the pandemic as they have depended on large, mainly in-person events to raise funds. Our cover story explores some of the out- of-the box strategies some have used to bolster their coffers in the absence of large galas.

If there’s a silver lining in the pandemic, it’s this: the business community and individual donors have not wavered in their philanthropic support of the nonprofit sector.

The importance of philanthropy has never been more crucial than during these trying times.

We’re hoping 2022 will find us stronger and more resilient and positive.

Thanks again for your continued support.

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Monica and Candace and OctopusMeet Monica and Candace Collier, Stained Glass Artists

1. How did you start Glass Over Teakettle?
Although we had always dabbled in different art mediums over the years, it was stained glass that really caught our attention a little over three years ago. We took a class with Neil Maciejewski in Cotuit, and afterwards, he gave us an old glass grinder he had in storage. With this key piece of equipment, he encouraged us to keep going with our new passion. So, we moved our dining room table into our garage since we needed a work surface, and started making stained glass at our home in Marstons Mills. As we gave gifts to friends and family, more and more people started requesting our stained glass. In early 2021 we opened Glass Over Teakettle as our side business, and we’ve been busy since.

2. What do you make?

We have a variety of pieces including large pieces like epic wall art, glass sculptures, windows, and more recently, stained glass business logos. We also make smaller pieces ,including stained glass flower bouquets, plants, windchimes and ornaments. One popular design is our stained-glass anatomical heart that adorns more than a few cardiologist offices! All our designs are original; we create the patterns for everything we make. We do everything by hand, including all the glass cutting – no shortcuts with saws, paint, or digital enhancements. Each piece is a unique, handmade, sustainable work of art.

We are zero-waste when it comes to glass. We save all the little glass cuttings that normally go to the landfill, and we create resin ornaments with the scraps. These ornaments are called “Helping Hearts” and the money raised from them goes to various charities. The current recipient of the charitable proceeds is the Cape Cod Resilience Fund, which is helping small local businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. How do you market your creations?

Some pieces are in galleries and art exhibits and local events, such as the Love Local Fest in Hyannis, have been a great source of exposure. We post on social media @glassoverteakettle (Instagram and Facebook) and it helps people find our Etsy shop. Recently, we saw a jump in inquiries after we installed an epic window at the Snowy Owl Coffee Shop in Sandwich. This window is eight square feet of their iconic logo – and it’s our biggest piece to date. It hangs nearly 20 feet in the air above the espresso machines. It’s quite spectacular!

4. What do you like most about being artists?

Creating art is such a thrill, even if no one ever sees it. We think everyone should explore their artistic side. At Glass Over Teakettle, there are two of us in the studio, and our styles and methods are vastly different! We love the collaboration of bringing our customers’ ideas to life. One of us (Candace) prefers an orderly process with a measured plan, while the other one (Monica) prefers to experiment with abstraction. Our different styles balance us out – both in the studio and in our marriage, ha ha! For example, a recent custom window was a perfect example of our two styles working together. The customer wanted pale geometric squares along with a colorful abstract rooster in the center. Each artist was able to use their strengths in that piece, and the customer at The Cape Coop in Falmouth was really pleased with the final result.

5. What’s next for your business?

We’re enrolled in a business program called “EforAll”, which is helping us learn about the non-artistic side of things, like bookkeeping, budgeting, and marketing. We know that if we want this to be a long-term business, we need to pay attention behind the scenes. For the future, we would like to continue to see people associate “stained glass” with “fine art” when they see our creations. We love taking stained glass away from antiquated church windows and making it into modern home decor. Honestly, if we can just continue spreading joy with our twisted art, then we will be happy. As far as other goals for the future, we hope to expand our studio with better equipment and real work benches, since it would be nice to have our dining room table back.

Do you have an unusual occupation or business? Our readers would love to hear about it. Email carol@capeplymouthbusiness.com if you would like to be considered for this monthly feature.

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