Along one of Oregon’s inspiring scenic
byways, "over the rivers and through the woods," you’ll find
Teri Sokoloff at her Sweet Home studio. She’s called her abode
Frog Hollow after being so "fortunate to be serenaded in the
evenings by those lovely Oregon tree frogs." It is here that
she has taken her one-time hobby of blowing glass to become a
"In the late 1980s I started doing stained
glass as a hobby," says Teri. Within a short period of time
after being introduced to the art of stained glass, Teri was
working with a building contractor creating art glass windows
using her own design, and incorporating fused glass designs
"Intrigued by the idea of using glass in
multiple forms, I attended college took various workshops and
experimented in my studio to develop my own style."
"The feedback from customers, along with
the commissions, was very positive. My hobby turned into a
part time business and grew into a full time business."
Her art can be purchased at the studio,
online or across the nation at galleries and shows that Teri
attends. Her line stretches from colorful glass art cabinet
knobs and whimsical drawer pulls to light-hearted wall art,
and intricate pendants, some with edges hand cut. Three of
Teri’s creations are featured in ‘1000 Glass Beads: Innovation
& Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking’ [Lark Books,
2004] and her art glass menorahs were included in ‘500 Judaica:
Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art’ [Lark Books, 2010].
Additionally, she has had her flameworked pieces presented in
‘Formed of Fire’ [Salusa Glassworks, 2003].
With her experience in her craft and in
running her own business, Teri cites creativity as a key
positive, along with a willingness to try new designs,
techniques and communication. These help compensate for when
money is tight or material gets expensive, which she sees as
the main negatives in running a business such as hers.
Teri explains her popularity saying, "My
studio offers several types of art forms -- from functional to
sculptural. My series of dinnerware and goblets are both
durable and often dishwasher safe… The wall sconces light up
the evenings and are a sculptural piece during the day."
Some of Teri’s other recent works include
more seasonal wares like hand-blown glass ornaments that are
perfect for Yuletide celebrations and perfect to brighten the
dark winter months ahead. She also welcomes special
"I’m always doing something new, as glass
is simply my canvas and there are many more paths just waiting
to be discovered."
In offering to share her lessons learned,
Teri says it would have been beneficial to find a "mentor with
the same type of business," as well as taking time to walk
more shows before committing to do them. She also adds that it
is important to look at the pros and cons of selling wholesale
Directly, she professes, "Learn how to
write a business plan and don’t quit your day job until you
are sure your new business is viable."
From her furnace to your front door, if you
wish to check out Teri’s work online or purchase some of her
spectacular seasonal sundries, she and her lovely glassworks
can be found on her website, linked below.
Sokoloff Glass Studio