Stacey Schlosser has spent 12 years literally breaking glass.
As the creator of Glassworks Studio in Morristown — the first and largest public glass fusing studio — Schlosser has more than doubled her revenue since opening.
And that’s exactly where Schlosser wants her small business to be.
“Glass fusing is so accessible, yet nobody else had ever thought to do it,” she said.
Schlosser was inspired to start her own business in 2002 after attending a walk-in workshop at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
“The more people get tired of looking at their screens every day, the more people will want to make something with their hands,” Schlosser said.
“Your world becomes as big as your project — it’s an enormous escape from everything.”
Situated right on South Street, Schlosser says Morristown has been a great place to do business — especially now.
“In the 30 years that I’ve known the town, it’s never been hotter than it is right now,” Schlosser said.
And with the holidays coming up, Schlosser expects to see more visitors.
“People are getting tired of buying manufactured items,” Schlosser said. “As sustainability becomes more of an issue, people value homemade items.”
Visit www.umakeglass.com for more information on Glassworks Studio, and please enjoy our Q&A with President Stacey Schlosser:
NJBIZ: What do you love most about your job as the president of Glassworks Studio?
Stacey Schlosser: What I love most about my job is the diversity of tasks and seeing the unbelievable creative genius of my customers.
NJBIZ: Where did you work previously?
SS: I taught at The Montessori Children's Academy and left to have children. I then worked as a stay-at-home mom, but could not live any longer without a job outside the home. So I went to work for Abraham & Straus in the buying department, but left because the corporate structure did not work with my independent nature.
NJBIZ:Where did you receive your education, and what was your focus?
SS: I received my Bachelor of Science in 1985 from Ithaca College. I had a self-designed major in Corporate Training and Development.
NJBIZ:What has been your worst experience as a woman at work?
SS: When I tried to sell the franchise concept to the manufacturer of our glass product, I was treated like a silly child.
NJBIZ:Yikes — how about the best?
SS: Gaining the respect and support of my community based on my work, efforts and competence.
NJBIZ:What is the best advice you can give regarding work/life balance?
SS: Find your balance at each stage — do not wait for your life to change. It all works better once you give a bit to each of your priorities.
NJBIZ:Do aspects of your job carry into your personal interests and hobbies?
SS: My interest in sustainability crosses over every aspect of my life. Once you get bitten by the “sustainability bug,” it informs every decision in all areas of your life.
NJBIZ:What’s one thing about you that your co-workers would be surprised to hear?
SS: I was written up in Forbes magazine as a promising college student.
NJBIZ:What are your short- and long-term business goals?
SS: I’d like to ready the business to be sold in five to eight years. And my long-term goal is to parlay my interest in sustainability into a post-retirement career.
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