What is your name and anyone else part of the business?
Melissa Boyle, Owner and Artist
How did you get started with your business?
I met a fellow here in Fort Collins that was a glassblower/lampworker. I begged him to teach me how to blow glass. At first he refused, but eventually he relented and taught me how. We have been working in the same shop for over 9 years now. We have also been living in the same house for over 6 years and we have a three year old daughter, too!
Who or what was your inspiration?
I would have to say that my children have been the driving force behind my career as a glassblower. I loved working from home because I can be there for my kids whenever they need me.
But I receive inspiration from people all over the world. I love it when I get an email or a phone call from someone on the other side of the planet who has chosen me to make their idea come to life!
How long have you been doing what you do?
I have been blowing glass for over 9 years now. It has been my full time job for nearly a decade!