Vawn and Mike Gray
For 20 years, Vawn and Mike Gray created and sold original lines of fine arts and crafts. But they were always haunted by the processes and materials that were involved with it—Aerosol spray cans, toxic glazes, energy sucking kilns, miles of bubble wrap and mountains of Styrofoam peanuts. So in 2007, while watching the "Live Earth" concert, they were inspired to change their environmental ways. That weekend, they launched Reborn Glass: Artful reminders To Conserve. Through diligent trial and error, they developed a process to create kiln-formed, fused, recycled bottle glass pieces. The kiln they use is a super energy efficient, computer-controlled fusing oven, not at all like the kilns of the past. The relationship between the glass colors and our natural resources sparked even more inspiration for their projects.