Today's guest is Joe Cariati, an award winning glass blower, artist, craftsman, and educator, who has had more than twenty years experience as a designer, maker, and mentor. Listen in to find out more about Joe and his really arty craft.
Joe opened his own studio in Los Angeles, California in 2003, where he still continues refining his craft and pushing his boundaries, both as a glass blower and as a designer. He launched his own business, Joe Cariati Design, in 2015. Listen in today, as Joe talks to LuAnn about his career, the things that he's learned about being a Creative and running a profitable business, and also about the new line of glassware, lamps, pendants, and accessories that he now has available for you, through CuratedKravet.com.
Today, Joe talks to LuAnn about:
- His background, starting in college and the many years leading up to where he is today.
- The thousands and thousands of things that are made in his studio every year, today, with a very small team of three.
- His simplistic, yet complex way of making things, to get a particular quality that his glass has.
- The risk he took in forming his own company, which finally solidified in 2007.
- His desire to create a legacy company, where it could be passed on to his son, Vincent Cariati, should he want to become a glass blower.
- The really close, family vibe within his company.
- Joe's particular requirements for anyone wanting to come and work with him.
- What happened for Joe in 2007, when he applied and was accepted to the New York Now Show.
- How it was for him when he met Kravet for the first time in 2008.
- The validation he got as a designer/maker, from being recognized by Kravet.
- What he did to prepare for his meeting with Kravet back then.
- What's available and the things that are happening with his new line at CuratorKravet.com- with exclusive colors and products!
- How he arrived at the particular color groupings that were settled on with Kravet, for his exclusive collection.
- All about the colors he uses and how that challenges him, as a Creative.
- The aspects of his business that he's most active in.
- How he figured out all the processes in his business, before deciding which aspects would be best done by him, personally.
- How to set yourself up in your business, and which people you should hire, in order to move in the direction that you really desire to go.
- Thriving off of a repeatable process and getting predictable results.
- The design scene in America right now.