Frog Hollow - Sokoloff Glass Studio

Teri Sokoloff's

Frog Hollow

(Sokoloff Glass Studio)

 

By Christine Davison


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 full-time craft.

"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 into windows

"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 commissionings.

"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 over retail.

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.


LINK: Sokoloff Glass Studio website.

 

 

Story appears in

HobbyFirm Magazine

Volume 1., Issue 1

 

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