Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin take the meaning of the term "hot job" to new limits, often transforming molten glass into workable art at temperatures of more than 2000 degrees.
Like honey on a stick, the duos steady hands turn thin tubes and mold glass into perfect displays of color and form for use in many of Detroit's hippest locales.
"Glass is sensual, alive and high energy," says Plucinsky, co-owner of Furnace Hot Glass and an alumna of the glass program at CCS. "Business owners recognize its ability to serve a number of functional and aesthetic needs."
Since starting the company with Nordin, demand for the firm's work has grown so strong that Furnace Hot Glass recently had to expand from a 1,500 square foot space in Detroit to a newly renovated 14,000 square foot studio in Dearborn.
"CCS teaches students how to work with clients and network."
"Internships. Art fairs. CCS gave us those opportunities. Those working in the art world recognize the students' abilities and want to help them succeed."
Among the company's local credits: sculpted glass and steel jellyfish chandeliers at Charley's Crab in Troy; a sculpture created from nine shades of glass whose colors depict the colors of wine available at Vinoteca in Royal Oak; whimsical grapevines with blown glass accents at Opus One in Detroit; lamps, blown glass, and steel used in the decor of the Palace Grill in Auburn Hills; and two 4' x 10' blown glass and stainless steel sculptures at Universal Images in Southfield.