This week we would like to introduce you to one of our artisans, Zak. Zak is a long-time employee and has been working with St. Coletta for more than a decade in a variety of different capacities from clerical positions to artisan in the studio!
When Zak was a student, his favorite subjects included art, science and woodshop. It’s not surprising that he enjoys working in both the glass and weaving studios creating many beautiful pieces. This past year Zak has stayed busy, working from home, on several fused glass projects. Zak’s mother Barb remarked, “When he is working from home, everyone has to come see his workshop and admire his works. Not hard to do, the stuff he makes is beautiful.” Zak says, “I love working from home because I am less bored and I make more money.” During a time when he can’t go to work every day, the work we’re able to send home provides Zak not only something to do and a way to earn money but a way to stay focused and positive.
If you purchased our popular Lights Lanterns, Jazz Scarf or the Bailey Necklace you own something made by Zak! All of these pieces repeatedly sell out! Although not available at the moment, our Christmas Tree Sets are something Zak takes part in every year. With new colors and patterns coming, be sure to look for them this fall to add to or begin your own collection. The Jazz Scarf has been Zak’s weaving project once we returned to the studio last fall. With an eye for perfection, he has slowly been weaving up more of this gorgeous scarf. Made of Tencel, Jazz is predominately blue scarf with amazing patterns and subtle complimentary colors of mineral green, coral and straw. The material lends itself to a beautifully draped look while still providing softness and warmth. It makes a wonderful and meaningful gift for yourself or someone else!
While we like to talk about the wonderful functional aspects of the products we sell, don’t forget about the intrinsic value that buying an item from us provides. Our products are more than just another pretty thing from the store, they are full of meaning, purpose and provides a means of income to those who truly need it. Consider what the purchase of this product means for the artisan who made it. For Zak, it means he is a lot more like his peers who are now independent adults. They’ve learned a trade or completed college and travel to work using the Metro, earn a good wage and can financially afford to do things they enjoy. Whether that’s going out to lunch, which Zak loves to do or going skiing in the winter, Zak’s income allows him to live the life he’s truly capable of! Working at the weaving and fused glass studios, Barb says, “Zak has developed a real sense of pride and accomplishment.” With the wonderful support of patrons like you, we’ve been able to continue on with our shop even while other small business have closed. So as you look forward to Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries and Weddings, don’t forget that we have a little something for everyone!
Stay tuned for future blogs on our other artisans, our gorgeous tote bags and maybe a few more surprise releases straight from the archives!