A couple weeks back I was invited to visit Simon Pearce's facilities in Vermont to get up to speed on the best practices of shipping and packing fragile items.
If you don't know much about Simon Pearce, you HAVE to visit their website and shop around: let the drooling begin.
They are known for their hand-blown glassware and pottery. For me, my favorite pieces are their eggs and Christmas trees. I mean. How is it possible that they are created by hand???
And get this, they are coming out with a glass buddha later this year.
If I didn't love the place enough already, every single person who works at Simon Pearce is as kind and welcoming as can be. I spent hours with their warehouse manager learning how to best wrap, pack and ship fragile items. And he didn't once tire at my long list of silly questions....i.e. "okay, so you bubble the exterior and then wrap with paper....how many dinnerware sets fit in one box....wait, can I take a photo of that....."
<< THANK YOU JESSE!!>>
I also got to see some glassblowing in action!
There is something so magical about being handmade. There is perfection in imperfection. We are finally moving away from cheap re-productions and mechanized creation and moving back to a more humanized process...where real people, who have real families and real lives, are creating something beautiful with just their hands and their minds.
I am so grateful for the team at Simon Pearce, for showing me around their awesome facilities and teaching a rookie like me the ropes. They have inspired me to continue working my butt off to continue supporting the hard-working artisans and to keep Carmen's hand-painted pottery traditions alive for generations to come.
As for what came of the visit, we at Azulina are implementing new packing strategies, we are investing in better equipment, stronger boxes and (easy to remove!!!) labels, all because we want to make every step of the Azulina experience as magical as our pottery.
I'm thrilled for what's to come!
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Con Mucho Amor,
Founder, Azulina Ceramics