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North Carolina Road Trip!

At GlassBuild America’s Decorative Glass Forum, I had the opportunity to see my glass pal, Mandy Marxen, V.P. of Marketing for Gardner Glass Products, Inc.  Before leaving Atlanta, I told Mandy that I wanted to visit their facility to see first-hand how their products are made.

Yesterday morning I jumped in my car and travelled to North Wilkesboro, NC to visit Mandy and the good people at Gardner Glass Products.   Gardner Glass Products, Inc. is the maker of Dreamwalls Glass backpainted glass.

I’m always interested in how products are made.  I think learning about how a product is made is like learning about the history of someone you just met.   Seeing a product like Dreamwalls glass start at one end of the manufacturing line and all of the processes it goes through, not to mention all of the people who work so hard to make it happen, gives the product more meaning to me.  I’ll never look at another Dreamwalls Glass installation without thinking about the manufacturing process and all of the wonderful people at Gardner Glass Products who work so hard to make it happen.

Gardner Glass Products Dreamwalls Glass

I want to thank Mandy Marxen for allowing me to visit Gardner Glass Products and for taking time out of her busy schedule to be such a wonderful “tour guide.” I had an awesome time!


Hey, in case you missed it, I’ve got a new Designers On Design blog post over at Decorative Glass Magazine.  This month I interview glass tile designer, Michelle Prosek!  Michelle is a super talented artist pushing the boundaries of decorative glass tile.  I know you’ll like her work as much as I do.

GBA2011 Decorative Glass Forum

I arrived home from Atlanta late last night.  I had a wonderful time at the conference and enjoyed walking the show floor.

I can’t say enough good things about my fellow Decorative Glass Forum panel members.  They ALL are very knowledgable and welcome the opportunity to share information about the decorative glass business.  I wish I could have had more time with this group to share stories and talk about the future of decorative glass.  We are all excited about the future of decorative glass in architecture and interior design.

Looking At Glass-Patricia Linthicum, Dreamwalls Glass-Mandy Marxen, Goldray Industries-Greg Saroka, ICD Coatings-Kris Vockler, ICD Coatings-Steve O'Halloran

Dreamwalls Glass, Goldray Industries, ICD Coatings

Want to know more about the forum?  Here is a nice recap by USGNN

Many thanks to NGA and GlassBuild America!

GlassBuild America

GlassBuild America will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 14-16, 2010.  Click here for the current exhibitor list.  Why is this event so popular?  According to GlassBuild America:

The Show Floor at GlassBuild America is over 150,000 net square feet of exhibit space!  This show floor is the central showcase for glass processing equipment, window and door manufacturing equipment, and the latest technologies for all types of glass and fenestration products in North America. In addition, the show floor is home to the Innovations Pavilion which showcases cutting-edge technologies and other groundbreaking advances from across the glass industry, ranging from energy conservation to design innovations and the latest “green” products.

World class seminars offered daily, address the unique concerns of the glass window and door industries providing insight into emerging technologies, industry trends and market updates.

Action packed show floor demonstrations simulate the effect of hurricane debris on non-impact and impact resistant glass.
GlassBuild America is the only show produced in conjunction with the industry’s leading publications—Glass Magazine and Window & Door.

Sign me up!