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This Just In-spiration: Meet Steve Sladics

December 14, 2015

Steve Sladics | UncommonGoods
Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Steve Sladics, the artist behind our new Glass Straws.

Glass straws | UncommonGoods
When did you know you wanted to be a maker? 

I didn’t consider myself an artist or creator actually. I have always been good with my hands and love to work with different types of materials. Once my wife asked me to try and make a reusable glass straw. I then realized I had this talent, and enjoy working in my workshop all hours of the night. Well I did, haha, now I have a team of people helping us fulfill our demands, which is fun.Steve Sladics | UncommonGoods

What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist/artisan/maker?

Making something beautiful and unique is always exciting and empowering.

Steve Sladics | UncommonGoodsWhat does your typical day in the studio look like?

Well, it is different every day; that’s what keeps my interest. I love that I can change up my routine and work on different types of projects, but I spend the majority of my time in front of a small flame polishing and bending our straws.

Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?

No, actually, I have a window that looks out into our yard that is every peaceful; my space is all about me.

Glass Straws | UncommonGoodsImagine you just showed your work to a kindergartener for the first time. What do you think they would say?

Kids always love the colors and smoothness of our product, and request them immediately. They are often the breaking point for parents purchasing our straws.

What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?

“When is now a good time?”

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