On March 9th we returned to the studio after several fantastic weeks at the Philadelphia Flower Show. We had such a wonderful time seeing so many familiar faces, hearing customer stories and having an opportunity to do what we love: help our customers celebrate and mark life's important milestones and provide our customers with a tangible way to give hope, bring joy, and encourage others.

We would have never guessed that by the end of that week there would be restrictions for large gatherings of people in our state and that within two weeks of returning home our whole nation would be transformed by shelter-in-place orders.

Since the Michigan governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order was issued, our business has taken on a new reality. Our once bustling studio and gallery that included eight painters, two potters and support staff, are now swathed in stillness and quiet. Although our gallery and studio have been closed to the public in compliance with our state's executive order, we are still taking orders through our website.

 

How do we make it all work?

 

We count on weekly Zoom meetings for planning and inspiration.

 


In order to keep our essential employees safe and healthy we follow a schedule and guidelines that allow only one artist to work in the building at a time. Our work area is meticulously cleaned and sanitized. And we continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updated guidelines.




Because of these restrictions custom orders will take a little longer to fill. We are however also offering you the possibility of immediate, ready to ship choices featured each week in our newsletter.

 

Why is this so important?

During this unprecedented time we feel even more passionate about our purpose than ever before. We consider it a privilege to partner with our customers in giving hope, bringing joy and encouraging others through tangible pieces of art. We recognize that in this time of physical isolation connecting with others is essential if not crucial. This makes the giving of personalized gifts that much more appreciated and treasured!

 

By letting us participate with you in spreading hope, joy and encouragement, you at the same time, are also helping support our small business and are a great encouragement to us!

 

Something New!

We are excited to introduce you to our newest product designed to help families and friends, classmates and co-workers stay connected. Our hope is that our  "Bee in Touch" and  "Classic" phone holders will help all of us to stay in touch, get our work done, and finish our online classes, more comfortably, stylishly and easily.