Embracing sustainability and/or “green” virtues can be confusing at best. Even “experts” differ as to what can be deemed as sustainable. The Architecture and Design (A&D) community wants a design to leave an impression in aesthetics and function while remaining timeless, but how do we achieve that and leave the smallest footprint possible? Where do we turn and which tactics do we take to make the “right” decisions?

This varied and somewhat confusing area of “green” definitions was illustrated by my experience a few years back while enrolled in the local SBA (Sustainable Building Advisor) program. What I valued most from the experience were the community of diverse participants and their viewpoints. We were all working toward a common goal to do the most good in our own professions and community. The melting pot of knowledge came from Architects, Interior Designers, City Planners, Sustainability Consultants, Builders, Engineers, Biologists, Landscapers and Product Sales to name a few. In one particular session, we were asked as a class to compile a list of sustainable products. Upon examination of our completed list and the characteristics of each product, we discovered that even these so-called green products had conflicting attributes that could endorse or deny their acceptance.

So where to go from here? I have found that the best plan of action is common sense and due diligence in research. Work with trusted sources that have a respected reputation and a proven track record of contribution in their field and community. In addition, it is important to take a step and start the process. Remember that each product or practice will have its pros and cons but it is important to make the effort however large or small that will contribute to the larger good.

Our team at Glassworks is no different in that we want to craft a beautiful product that is a unique and healthy choice for our clients.

The following are attributes that make our cast or fused glass a sustainable choice:

  1. Among our offerings is a completely recycled product from the post-industrial source material.
  2. We focus our efforts sourcing and selling in our local community to limit our carbon footprint.
  3. Our primary source of heat for a large part of our facility is captured from our kilns.
  4. We offer 100% glass solutions, the attributes of which contribute in the following ways:
    • Glass is non-toxic: It will not emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) or radon making it one of the most environmentally safe materials to have in your home or office.
    • Glass is non-porous: Leaving no place for germs to hide or stains to absorb.
    • Glass is durable: Glass is made of silica which is the main element found in granite, offering a similar hardness and long useful life. And glass doesn’t require sealing.
    • Glass is inert: It won’t react with substances that come into contact with it during normal use.

We invite you to rely upon our vast background of glass knowledge; design and our 45 years of contributing to architectural art glass in the Seattle area.

 Interested in learning more? You can contact us through our contact form
or by calling 206.441.4268

We are always hard at work creating new and interesting opportunities to feature handmade art glass in functional applications. One of the most common requests we get are for custom art glass table tops. Glass has a way of turning functional furniture into a featured work of art. Don’t take our word for it… feast your eyes on these recent creations.

Glass tables are great for boardrooms, restaurants, commercial and residential uses. Thicknesses can vary from 3/4″ to 2″. Color design elements can be added in virtually any shade, or the glass can remain clear creating an illusion of taking up less space. Custom bases for glass tables can be made of wood or metal. Although we don’t supply the base, we have relationships with custom manufacturers who we can collaborate with to create the perfect design for your space.

Every year, I think summer will never get here. Although we in Seattle complain about our gloomy June that gives way to the blue skies of July, we can use glass panels to let in a lot of natural light and to reflect the light within our space year round. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why there are so many glass studios in the Northwest.

Another way to make the most of our delayed summer weather is to get out and meet others, learn, and enjoy the opportunities in the area. Belonging to professional groups and attending meetings is a great way to shake off the grays. CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)WGA (Washington Glass Association)ASID (American Society of Interior Designers); and NBIS (Network of Business Innovation and Sustainability) are just a few of the organizations that are indeed energy boosters!

Tish Oye, Principal
Glassworks, Inc.

Meta Marble

We are proud to announce that Meta Marble will be featuring select glass slabs by Glassworks, Inc.

“Meta’s combination of the finest service, established sources, and selection of the best quality products provides our customers with the best advantages for creating projects of the highest quality, durability and beauty.”

More info: www.MetaMarble.com

The Art of Glass

Glimmering surfaces and a depth that no other material can offer, the art of glass is truly timeless. Glassworks takes this amazing material and transforms it into properly proportioned & scaled, balanced works of art featuring exquisite contrast.

Glass is a challenging art medium – it requires an expert and skillful hand. Glassworks art sculptures, wall art glass and other specialty art installations involve careful and often complex calculations, perfect timing, and dedicated glass artists hand making each work of art.

Custom Art Sculptures

Allow our glass artists to design a custom piece and bring your ideas to life and into your space.  We specialize in large installations. We provide dependable and contemporary glass art design for any space. These sculptures give any indoor or outdoor space high-end impact!

See more photographs in our Art Glass Gallery.

Beauty which Endures

When Steve Shahbaghlian founded Glassworks over 30 years ago, he did for the love of this form of art. Inspired by the expressive & luminous qualities of glass, he used his talent to forge a business which continues to be inspired by fine artistry first and foremost. Delivering high-quality products simply stems from our artists’ drive to be the best in the art glass industry.

Each member of our Glassworks Studio Team is an artist in their own right. Click to view Team Profiles.

What do we do and why do we do it?  There are some businesses that understand their mission, are laser-focused and forge ahead.  We’ve been a bit more malleable.  Our business has morphed many times throughout the years in response to trends in style and creativity.  Along the way, we have completed some fantastic projects.  Always learning, we’ve also taken projects we probably shouldn’t have, because they were interesting, and because we wanted to work with a specific client.  What a way to run a business- and run it has.

Despite our “running” a bit haphazardly for many years, we have survived (because of the talent of the founder and the skill of our great staff).  2016 was our best year to date; 2017 is 1/6 completed.  We are very much on track, and constantly looking to drill down on the first question of this paragraph. “What do we do and why do we do it?” Focusing on the “why and what” will be essential as we charge ahead to meet future challenges and continue our success.

James (aka “Jay”) is Glassworks’ professor in residence.  He knows about the composition of glass, compatibility and glass nuances.  Ask Jay about the melting or annealing points of glass or other aspects of glass and he will gladly share his knowledge in a very thorough and understandable manner.  He can take a production problem, break it into segments and methodically deal with each issue successfully.

He has many talents in addition to his skilled polishing and cold working abilities.  Jay has worked with glass since 1989 and is well versed in blown, cast and kiln formed glass. As a glass artist, his work has been featured nationally and internationally. He can weld, solve challenging installation situations and identify building maintenance priorities – he is truly a “Jack-of-all-trades”.  We are very fortunate to have him as a key Glassworks team member.

Springs is here- or just around the corner, so it’s time to renew, refresh and dust off some recurrent ideas and actions.   I borrowed an idea from someone so long ago I can’t remember who it was but that’s ok, because it’s a good thing and if you’d like to borrow the idea from me, that’s just fine with me.   We give back to the community in a varied and systematic way.  When we receive a referral from a past client, at the completion of the project, we make a donation in the referral’s name to a non-profit agency of their choice.   Throughout the years we’ve donated to over twenty-five organizations, some more than once.  They’ve represented a spectrum of organizations – from Treehouse for Kids to our most recent, Architects without Borders – Seattle, a Jim Seeks (Seeks Design Assoc.) request.

View the full list of our Good Works Recipients here.

It’s the time to plant new ideas, think of new projects, help friends and give non-profit agencies a boost.  We’re looking forward to growing our donation list ten-fold this year.

Won’t you join me and borrow this idea?!

Tish Oye
Glassworks, Inc. Principal

Glassworks featured again on HGTV/DIY Networks’ Bath Crashers

Glassworks has been featured again in the fourth season of the popular reality show Bath Crashers on HGTV/DIY Networks. This season’s episode, titled “Seattle Espresso Suite”, brings something new to a local bathroom: a vertical partition of slumped glass. Due to the extremely fast-paced nature of the show, the designers specified the glass with us before assessing the accessibility of the room being remodeled, which resulted in the host of the show, Matt Meunster, needing to hire a lift to bring our glass through a second story window! You can catch this thrilling episode on DIY network at the following dates and times:

  • March 21, 2012 @ 12:30 PM e/p
  • March 27, 2012 @ 7:00 PM e/p
  • April 03, 2012 @ 10:30 PM & 1:30 AM e/p
  • April 15, 2012 @11:30 AM e/p

More info and updates on air dates, please visit the DIY Network website.

Look for our Full Page Ad in LUXE Magazine in April

Our friends at the Seattle edition of LUXE Magazine are publishing the Spring 2012 issue in April. We have a full page ad in this issue featuring a large outdoor fused-glass table designed by Karen Skadan Design. You can learn more about this project in our last Design Partner Feature from Winter 2012. Make sure you get your spring issue of LUXE Magazine’s Seattle Edition!

More info and back issues at luxesource.com.

Office Space Available

Office Space Available - Floor Plan

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We have two office spaces available: one @ 325 Sq. Ft. ($750/mn) and one @ 200 Sq. Ft. ($350/mn). Can be rented separately or together ($1,000/ mn). Located on the walk-in level of our building. Use of a conference room and congenial atmosphere included. Off-street parking. Carpeted and ready to move in. Ideal for design / architectural firm.

Interested in taking a walkthrough?
Please call us at (206) 441-4268, or email us.

Glassworks has provided site-specific architectural art glass for Anthony’s Restaurants in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years. Working with Joey Ing, interior architect, we have fabricated many one-of-a-kind glass applications, which have made each restaurant unique. These custom creations have included etched insulated door glass, countertops, light fixtures, mirrors, signage, and more. Our most recent collaboration was for Anthony’s first “off the water” location in Alderwood, Wa. We met early in the design process with the architect who held a vision that the glass in this restaurant would play a key role in maintaining the natural aesthetic that is essential to the Anthony’s brand. The highlights of this project were a lit floor piece resembling a stream and a multicolored glass shell for the wall (seen above). We also created a custom bar and countertops with our signature “water texture” and a wall of etched partitions resembling sea kelp and bubbles (seen below).

Anthony’s Origins

Anthony’s Restaurants are a family of twenty-two unique waterfront locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  A locally owned company, Anthony’s traces its history to 1969 when Budd Gould opened the Fox Restaurant in the Bellevue Crossroads. This Steak and Lobster restaurant was followed by Mad Anthony’s, which opened in 1973 in the Bellevue Commons.  Mad Anthony’s was named after the Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.  It was an early American themed pub which featured prime rib and seafood. Future Anthony’s restaurants migrated to the waterfront providing guests with a truly Northwest dining experience, specializing in fresh local seafood. The two original restaurants were later sold enabling the company to focus on the growth of waterfront locations.

Anthony’s has grown into a titan within the seafood restaurant industry of the Pacific Northwest, earning many awards and accolades along the way. Glassworks is pleased to play a continuing part of this growth.

“We have used Glassworks for Anthony’s Restaurants projects for more than fifteen years. Glassworks’ creativity, exacting standards, and willingness to explore new and innovative ideas have made them a major part of our creative design. We make a point of having a glass element in each project; Glassworks is truly a pleasure to work with.”

Jeff Arnot
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Anthony’s Restaurants

Glassworks values our partnership with Anthony’s Restaurants and admire their upstanding business methods and strong commitment to use local resources and businesses. We look forward to the next 15 years of collaboration.

For more information on Anthony’s Restaurants, visit their website.

Anthony's Restaurant

For comments and questions regarding specific glass used in an Anthony’s location, or for more information on our architectural art glass, please contact Glassworks by email info@glassworksinc.com or call 206.441.4268.

** This Sale Ended April 30th **

Thank You to all our customers who participated!

We are excited to introduce our first-ever Spring Table Top Sale. It is time for some Spring Cleaning, and we have found ourselves with extra inventory of the glass below. While supplies last, all custom Aisu and Midori fused glass table tops are 25% off. Perfect for outdoor and indoor use, fused glass is durable, so easy to clean, and becomes a stunning feature in any location. Functional and beautiful, Glassworks glass table tops are individually hand-made to your specifications. Choose from our soft green Midori or the crystalline Aisu glass as a rectangle or round shape and save!

Any size rectangle or round table top
up to 12′ L x 6′ W x 1″ thick

Choose from the following colors:

For Example:

42″ Square or Round
Regular price: $2100
Sale price: $1575.00
~ save $525 ~

Choose any size up to 12′ x 6′ x 1″ and save.

To take advantage of this special offer, orders must be placed by April 30, 2012
or before our inventory is depleted, whichever comes first.
So contact us today to place your order!

Prices are custom per order and may vary according to size and shape.
Pricing shown above does not include delivery, installation, or sales tax where applicable.

To order, please call us today:
(206) 441-4268

toll free (888) 441-4268

One of the more elaborate residential projects that have come across our kilns in the last year was a residential remodel project in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA.

This grand home received a major facelift, which included our glass as feature pieces in both exterior and interior areas.

Exterior: Long Layered Glass Table

Designer Karen Skadan contacted us to create a large outdoor glass table. Karen Skadan is Principal of Karen Skadan Design (established 1997), a full-service company specializing in residential design and custom furniture design. Karen has had the privilege of working with great clients and on projects that have taken her to Whistler, BC., Chicago, Palm Springs, San Juan Islands, Idaho and Los Angeles.  She is currently working on a penthouse condominium in Beverly Hills, CA.

Ten foot long outdoor layered glass table top for Capitol Hill residence.

For the Capitol Hill home, Karen worked with Bernie Baker Architects and Morningstar Design, a landscape design firm, to create a soothing and tranquil outdoor retreat for a family of five, as well a functional space for entertaining. The clients requested a 10’ long outdoor table for entertaining that would have an artistic element and require little or no maintenance. “We looked at many different alternatives including 3 Form materials and stone before deciding on the fused glass by Glassworks, Inc,” Karen explains. “The four layers of fused glass definitely has that ‘wow’ factor,  it is super easy to maintain and we love the practicality of the surface.  It looks like a river of water.” Karen also notes that “communication and attention to detail” were the most notable benefits to working with Glassworks on this project.

This 10′ table and 1″ thick glass table top were created using four layers of low-iron glass, fused in our largest kiln with a gentle “water” texture on the underside, leaving the top surface exceptionally smooth and easy to clean. This project allowed us to utilize our large capacity kilns and resulted in a breathtaking feature piece that the family loves to use.

Looking ahead, Karen is excited about a new project starting in February that with bringing her and her team back to Whistler, BC. Thank you, Karen and we look forward to collaborating with you again soon.

Interior: Textured Glass for Double Vanity

General contractor Toth Construction contacted us while working on this same residence. They asked us to partner with them to create a pair of intricate glass vanities that included irregular cutouts for inset porcelain sinks, as well as kiln-formed glass backsplash and skirt pieces. For over 36 years Toth Construction has been a sought-after contractor for premium quality custom projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Established by Walter F Toth in 1976, sons Klaus & Erik currently run the daily operations. Leading an exacting and cohesive company, outfitted with especially gifted craftspeople and managers, Toth Construction continues to hold the bar at the highest standards for quality and excellence.

This vanity project is a wonderful example of their precise methods of working with many different materials including custom glass. The results are as stunning as they are functional, creating contemporary features in a beautiful bathroom. One interesting feature of these vanities is the kiln-formed texture that was then mirrored, making each opaque to hide what was underneath while enhancing the reflectivity and luminescence that can only happen with glass. We appreciate working with such fine craftsmen. Thank you, Toth Construction!

Karen Skadan

Karen Skadan is a native Seattleite and studied at Seattle Pacific University. In 1997 she established her design firm, which is a full-service company specializing in residential and custom furniture designs. In 2010 she opened her storefront office in the Laurelhurst area, where she has expanded to three staff members. Karen has had the privilege of working with great clients and on projects that have taken her to Whistler, BC; Chicago; Palm Springs; San Juan Islands; Idaho and Los Angeles. She is currently working on a penthouse condominium in Beverly Hills, CA.

Toth Construction

We have two tried and true priorities: relationships and service. These are the mainstays of our business and are the elements of what sets us apart from other contractors. Our mission is committed to making the process of fulfilling your design as easy and enjoyable as possible. Building your vision should be exciting, not daunting. We make it happen by developing excellent customer relationships where expectations are clear, trust is predominant and our quality is unsurpassed.


Working with both firms was such a pleasure. Designers help push our creative bounds and good contractors make installations go smoothly. Good project synergy occurs when the team works well together to provide the very best outcome for our clients, which is ultimately everyone’s goal.

We look forward to working with our design partners from initial concept, through custom fabrication, to final installation. If you have a great design idea to explore with us, please call us at (206) 441-4268 or contact us by email.