Glass artist John Craddick, owner of West Coast Glass, was fired up last week 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 next 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 has been a fundraiser for different organizations in the Wenatchee Valley, he said, and there’s more to come. On Thursday, for instance, the studio’s Fourth of July celebration featured a beer garden hosted by the Wenatchee Eagles Aerie (they got the profits) with a portion of gate receipts 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 a 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.
Wenatchee’s Line-X offers powder coating service
You’re determined to take your No. 1 obsession — your truck, not your wife — into the backcountry for a little mud-slinging this summer.
But that beauty — your truck, not your wife — costs nearly $50,000 and doesn’t have a nick. Shouldn’t you take steps to protect that ample front end and sexy chassis? Your truck? Your wife? We don’t want to get involved.
Instead, go see the guys at Wenatchee’s Line-X Protective Coatings. Since 2003, they’ve been spraying tough, nearly indestructible Kevlar coatings on trucks, trailers, boats, ATVs, ladders, speaker boxes, patio furniture and more.
In fact, they just put a coating on the railroad flatcar that serves as a stage for the Pybus Public Market. And they also recently toughened up a Jeep, inside and out, with Line-X linings.
Now Line-X owners Barry Keesee and son Kellin, along with shop foreman Jeremiah Murphy, offer a second protective option — a full line of powder coatings, including hundreds of color options.
“We see powder coating as a way to complement our Line-X service,” said Kellin.
Jeremiah explained that sprayed-on powder coatings adhere to metal items with an electrostatic charge. Once coated, the item is wheeled into a huge oven — it measures 10x10x15 feet — and baked at 450 degrees. Good candidates for powder coating include auto wheels, truck grilles, under-chassis struts and bars, ornamental gates and other metal items that need protection from heavy use or heavy weather.
By the way, Line-X of Wenatchee also sells a full-line of truck and auto accessories and offers in-house industrial sandblasting to best prep items for both Line-X linings and powder coatings.
Details: Line-X Protective Coatings, 601 S. Wenatchee Ave. For info, call 664-5123 or visit linexofwenatchee.com.
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.