glassybaby + The Shanti Project

10% from the sale of each ‘hudson’ will be donated to The Shanti Project to provide emotional and practical support to San Francisco’s most vulnerable individuals living with life-threatening illness

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glassybaby is pleased to announce our newest giving partner: The Shanti Project.  Founded in 1974, by Dr. Charlie Garfield, The Shanti Project extends a helping hand to San Francisco’s most underserved residents.  Through a network of more than 250 trained volunteers, Shanti provides one-on-one support to those facing the challenges of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

“Shanti” is a Sanskrit word meaning “inner peace” or “tranquility”.  All of Shanti’s programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.  As one of the first organizations to work directly with AIDS patients, the Shanti approach quickly became an international model for more than 600 organizations.  Today, Shanti provides support to more than 2,000 individuals annually.  In the words of Shanti’s Executive Director, Kaushik Roy, “The Shanti Model isn’t complicated, it is based on the universal laws of the heart.”

glassybaby is thrilled to bring its light and mission of giving back to San Francisco, with a new retail store slated to open in early November.  To purchase ‘hudson’, click here.

 

the moon did what?

It never seems to amaze me how much I continue to learn about glassybaby. How can one simple product have so much depth? The name, the height, the color, each hue more unique than the next. During our monthly managers meeting today, I learned even more about these one-of-a-kind vessels that have been working so hard in my life for the last five years.

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Each glassybaby is created by hand (eight in fact) and born in the usa, a citizen of the world. But what comes before it’s born? Where does glassybaby color come from? Brilliant Raya, one of our glass artists turned master of quality control goddess, honored us with her presence in the meeting and wow, she is fascinating. The art and science of glass come so naturally to her, I feel like we are truly blessed to have her in our little glassybaby family. She talked with us today about our unique color bars and how sometimes, when a color doesn’t come out like “it should” that we shouldn’t look at this as a mistake, but rather we should embrace it as just another great layer in the beauty that is a glassybaby. So, so brilliant. So, so glassybaby.

She told us about some of the many factors that determine how the color comes out, some controllable, some not. Things like the humidity, the barometric pressure, the amount of manganese being as little as a teaspoon less making a shade of purple a totally different shade of purple than the last time it was made. Even the moon!…well, maybe not the moon as far as we know, but it’s a fun notion to play with nonetheless. I’d bet that in some way or another the moon has an effect on glassybaby color. And after the supermoon’s of late (see above picture of the last one in case you missed it), I think I’ll go ahead and believe in that, true or not.

Just some fun stuff to keep in mind the next time you see a glassybaby color that’s a little different looking than the last time you saw it. It’s unique, it’s one-of-a-kind, just like you :)

xoxo

Marissa

 

‘hudson’ + GMHC

goodwill is the foundation of glassybaby
each glassybaby sold helps spread healing, light, and hope.

10% from the sale of each ‘hudson’ glassybaby is
donated to Gay Men’s Health Crisis, GMHC.

GMHC’s Meals and Wellness Program serves over 98,500 hot,
treatment supportive, meals every year to HIV-positive men and women.

‘happiness’ + Gilda’s Club NYC

goodwill is the foundation of glassybaby
each glassybaby sold helps spread healing, light, and hope.

10% from the sale of each ‘happiness’ glassybaby
is donated to Gilda’s Club NYC.

Gilda’s Club NYC supports the running of programs, networking groups,
lectures, workshops, and social events at the clubhouse free of
charge for patients and families battling cancer.

‘aquamarine’ + Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research

goodwill is the foundation of glassybaby
each glassybaby sold helps spread healing, light, and hope.

10% from the sale of each ‘aquamarine’ glassybaby is donated to
the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research.

The Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research mission is to
save lives and reduce suffering through improved treatment,
early detection, and prevention of ovarian cancer.

‘wet dog’ + The Humane Society of the United States

goodwill is the foundation of glassybaby
each glassybaby sold helps spread healing, light, and hope.

10% from the sale of each ‘wet dog’ is donated to
The Humane Society of the United States.

The Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Program
rescues animals from disasters or abusive situations.

‘bedford brown’ + The Martha Stewart Center for Living

goodwill is the foundation of glassybaby
each glassybaby sold helps spread healing, light, and hope.

10% from the sale of each ‘bedford brown’ glassybaby is donated
to The Martha Stewart Center for Living.

The Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital gives
older adults and their caregivers access to medical care,
healthy living activities, and educational programs.