Glass artist John Craddick, owner of West Coast Glass, was fired up Saturday over his new spin-off location at Pybus Public Market.
Craddick heated the ornate base of a custom-made candle holder at his new work table erected in a space adjacent to Pybus’ main hall. He attached handcrafted glass blossoms — each petal perfectly formed — as he talked about the growth of his business at the studio’s original location near Walla Walla Point Park and plans for the new make-art, sell-art work spot.
“So far, we’ve had great success in Wenatchee,” said Craddick, lighting the 3,000-degree portable torch that softens the glass so it can be twisted, stretched, bent and curled. “We’ve had great response from the community over the last year, and we’ve tried to be responsive in return.”
Almost every event held in the last year at the park location have been fundraisers for different organizations in the Wenatchee Valley, he said, and there’s more to come. This week, for instance, the studio’s Fourth of July celebration features a beer garden hosted by the Wenatchee Eagles Aerie (they get the profits) with a portion of other festival proceeds going to the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council.
Craddick opened his Pybus venue June 22 in an artspace that also features sculptor Lance Dooley crafting a 9-foot-tall statue of E.T. Pybus, the founder of the steel company that originally filled the rehabbed building. The space could eventually host booths for other artists at work.
A glass artist for 14 years, Craddick has already struck a licensing deal with the Pybus Market to make and sell newly-labeled brand called “Pybus Glass” — coffee cups, wine stoppers, beer mugs and more — right on site. He’ll also use the new space to market his studio’s other offerings, including tours, classes and custom-made creations.
Details: West Coast Glass is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at Pybus Public Market. The original studio at 1313 Walla Walla Ave. (at the south end of Walla Walla Point Park) is open by appointment. For info, call 264-3686 or visit the studio’s Facebook page.