A note on Green-ness
It has been
our practice for more than thirty years to minimize all sources of
pollution and to maximize energy savings by good engineering practices.
We have never attempted to make a virtue of this; it was really just common
sense, and in many ways, the safest and most cost effective method of
doing business. For instance, our ceramic facility in producing sconce
and lamp bodies and molds for glass forming produces almost no waste.
Scrap clay from the process is put back into our pug mill and reformed
into plastic clay ready to be used again. Lubricating and cleaning water
is processed to separate both the clay and water for reuse. Should there
be wastage after the clay is fired, it is used in land fill locally for
its stabile and non-polluting mineral content. It is, after all, simply
Glass scrap is
reused in fusing processes, and what cannot be used for that can be
ground up for stable and non-polluting land fill. Metal leaf left over is collected
and used for our mixed-metal leaf finishes. All metal scrap,
aluminum, steel brass and bronze is carefully sorted and reused where
possible. Where reuse is not an option, the metals are carefully
recycled back to the appropriate smelters.
both gas and electrics, are made of highly insulating refractory which
minimizes heat loss and reduces consumption of energy resources.
Computer control of kilns ensures repeated success and minimizes
wasteful heat cycles.
matters, our studio maximizes natural daylight through the use of sky
lights. Our parking spaces and driveways are of permeable
materials. All ambient light and most task lights in our studio
are either fluorescent or LED. Space heat is provided by a
super-efficient gas furnace. Exterior lighting is all aimed down for
dark-sky effect. We offer the latest in LED bulbs as options on all our
Rest assured that we are using best
business practices in reducing pollution and energy consumption. Cost
savings in this regard also contribute to keeping our prices down. As
better techniques and materials become available, we will be ready to
adopt them into our manufacturing processes.