From the beginning, the signature Glassybaby votive candle holder has been made and sold in the spirit of giving. Company founder, Lee Rhodes, created the Glassybaby White Light Fund to ensure that a portion of every sale was directed toward supporting non-profits. This has resulted in over $5 million in charitable giving. First Place began partnering with with Glassybaby in April 2016 and, in July, we were named the beneficiary of the month’s open studio hours at their Berkeley location.

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Open studio hours are an opportunity for members of the community to get a hands and lungs-on introduction to the art of glassblowing while benefiting a good cause. Working one-on-one with one of Glassybaby’s professional artisans, attendees take on their choice of beginner projects. Whether it was mother-daughter bonding, a “No Bummer Summer” girls night out, or a birthday experience that brought them to the studio, everyone was eager to get their turn to create their own one-of-a-kind bowl, paperweight, or hanging ornament.

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Attendees also had the opportunity to speak with First Place staff and browse informational materials to learn more about our programs supporting California’s foster youth.

Having seen what a great experience the evening was for all, First Place very excited to continue partnering with Glassybaby for future studio events.