WNY artist sells home-grown holiday cheer on Etsy
blog by S.J. Velasquez • November 11, 2012 @ 9:46pm
Bridget Falk creates glimmering bits of Buffalo cheer, which she shares with the world on an online shop.
The Clarence mom of two and administrative assistant at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart heads the one-woman business Buffalo Art Glass, an Etsy shop where Falk sells colorful glass ornaments and trinkets. Many of her designs are Buffalo-inspired, she said, because the Queen City holds a special place in her family’s heart.
After her husbad accepted a job in Boston, Falk—who stayed back in Western New York with her two children—sent him a print featuring an image of New York state with a heart placed right over Buffalo’s location on the map. It read, “Home is where the heart is,” a concept that Falk later translated into one of her glass creations.
Falk, moved by the message on that print, turned to the kiln her husband had given her as a gift about five years ago to channel some of her hometown pride. She began making buffalo-shaped ornaments, experimenting with different colors and textures. One of her first buffalo-shaped ornaments was created for her employer, Sacred Heart, to be given to members of the school’s community. The buffalo featured a heart, reflecting the all-girls school’s formal name, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.
“The buffaloes are evolving all the time,” said Falk, who launched her Etsy shop in April.
Once she began offering glass buffalo ornaments online, requests for customized designs began pouring in. Lucky for her, she now fulfills orders with help from her husband, who serendipitously received a job offer back in Western New York just around the time Falk and the couple’s two children were considering a move to Boston.
Now, out-of-towners from across the country turn to Falk’s Etsy shop to purchase her offerings, which continue to expand to meet the requests of customers.
“A lot of great ideas come from people requesting things,” she said. “I love that.”
Falk loves a lot about this after-work hobby, which she swears is a source of joy for her.
“It’s not work,” she said. “I will come home from work, head straight downstairs (to the studio), not even taking off my coat.”
Falk creates each glistening glass ornament by hand, and no two pieces are the exact same. Falk’s ornaments cost $14 when purchased online.
Falk, like other Etsy artists in the Buffalo area, puts her all into crafting meaningful treasures at reasonable prices. Below is a list of five of Falk’s favorite fellow Buffalo-area Esty artists and crafters: