W O R K S H O P U P D A T E !
In the eight years that we have offered glass blowing workshops we have loved sharing our passion with the thousands of people who have come into our studio. We have been very privileged to do what we love, and it has only been made better by being able to share this magical material with you. Through our workshops we have come to know many people that we now consider close friends. These friendships mean so much to us and we feel very fortunate to have met each and every one of you. We appreciate everybody who has given us the opportunity to teach what we love during our workshops, and we hope that your experiences were just as rewarding.
That said, Adam and I have made the difficult decision to suspend private and public glass blowing workshops at Gathered indefinitely. This decision was neither made lightly nor easily, but we are not willing to put the health of our team or the public at risk in order to offer workshops. We’re discussing a possibility of offering date nights and small private workshops at some point in the distant future. But given the current spread and unknown effects of the pandemic, we are unable to offer any timeline.
All individuals and groups who have paid for any portion of a workshop or event will be offered full refunds. If you choose to use your previous payment as store credit on glass products, we will honor that as well. We will be reaching out individually in order to pay everyone back. If you haven’t heard from us by May 29th (two weeks after this update), please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate you understanding and respecting this difficult decision. To those who have never tried glass blowing and were looking forward to attending for the first time, we are extremely sorry we won’t have the pleasure of sharing our love of glass with you. For those we have worked with, do feel free to reach out and tell us your stories of coming to the studio. We would love to hear them.
To be sure, this is not a message about Gathered closing up shop! As we always have, Gathered Glass will continue producing handmade glass, taking custom commissions, and selling work out of our store. However, for now, our store hours will be by appointment only in order to keep our team and the public as safe as possible.
We’ve decided to take this as a creative opportunity as well. With the suspension of workshops, we’ll be able to spend more time developing our own work, our studio production lines, and our building. We are creating a new and improved staging and exhibition space on our second floor. We are working on expanding our online presence, and creating a better e-commerce website to sell directly to our customers nationally. Most importantly, we are looking forward to continuing to expand our role in the downtown, and greater Toledo community at large. We are really excited about the future of Gathered - albeit in a new direction - and look forward to sharing it with you!