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Partner Spotlight: ScreenCraft Tileworks

“Any factory can make stuff, we make gifts that celebrate your town or favorite place.”Tanya Bernard

ScreenCraft EmployeesShopping local has played a big role in the partnerships WaterFire has fostered, ScreenCraft Tileworks being one of them.  As a community-based organization, supporting other local businesses is at the core of who we are, and we’re proud to work with these partners to create WaterFire souvenirs for our many national and international visitors.  The WaterFire-ScreenCraft partnership began at the end of 2014 with the launch of the marble magnets, and since then, ScreenCraft has supplied WaterFire with 620 magnets, 461 bracelets, and various other products like the new Wine Charms!

What makes ScreenCraft especially unique is the fact that each item gets made one at a time from real, authentic marble as opposed to resin molds which many other companies opt for.  The tile is all unique, with each piece different from the last.  “Everything is created and assembled here,” says Tanya, starting with the marble prep process in which each tile is hand-cleaned and quality-checked.  Even picking the perfect marble has become a crucial part of the process.  In fact, ScreenCraft has created relationships with the families in Italy and Turkey who run the marble quarries.  For ScreenCraft, a company with many long term employees, these personal relationships with other family-run companies are so important.  

ScreenCraft Tileworks didn’t always go by that name, and it wasn’t always focused on tiles!  The Champagne family-run, third generation business actually found its initial success in custom signage and photography, which influenced the customizable nature of its current tile business. Nowadays, Tanya explains that the company is “very much about place and making finer souvenirs people keep,” and even people’s pride in place, which is at the heart of what WaterFire does.  

Making CharmsScreenCraft equally enjoys its partnership with WaterFire, explaining: “I love that you’re a Rhode Island event and organization, and I love that our product is Rhode Island made, and I think that’s the epitome of shopping local…it’s a very arts-oriented state.”  Both ScreenCraft and WaterFire agree that it’s great to support other local businesses as well as the Rhode Island community through events like WaterFire, where every ounce of the proceeds is going back to support the event itself.  Being able to bring pride to the state of Rhode Island and the city of Providence is such a special experience.

“When I think of WaterFire, I think of how it celebrates Providence…there’s nothing like it, it’s very, very special” -Tanya Bernard

Click here to shop the entire WaterFire line of ScreenCraft products.

All Marble Magnets

Thank you to the ScreenCraft team for giving us a behind the scenes look at how these fantastic products are made.

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Partner Spotlight: Gather Glass

“Similar to WaterFire, at the root of Gather Glass there is a passion for art, community, and of course fire.” – Benjamin Giguere, artist at Gather Glass

At WaterFire we proudly collaborate with local artists to create unique pieces for our store and spread our passion for art and culture. One of our partners is Providence glassblowing business Gather Glass, who became one of our vendors shortly after forming in 2010. There have been countless hours spent conceptualizing, designing, creating, packaging, and producing a variety of products from jewelry to glassware all inspired by the water and flames of WaterFire.

The artists at Gather Glass are very passionate about community, and WaterFire is an ideal setting for sharing their work on-site during the fires and connecting the audience with their process. They joined us by the river over six years ago to show the city the art of glassblowing and have been working alongside our store every lighting since.

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“From the very first lighting we attended, we felt something very special was happening.  Between the crackling of the river fires, the sound of the flame from our torch and the meditative music in the air, we began to seamlessly melt into the backdrop of a city transformed into an art scape. We immediately felt at home.”

 

“Each time you look into your glass pendant or earring, we hope you remember the smell of wood burning or feel the heat of the fires against your skin. It is these sensations that inspired our work; we hope they inspire you in the same way. We feel honored and inspired to be part of this evolving art event and look forward to all the creative possibilities that lie ahead.”

Gather Glass WaterFire tumblers

Click here to see all of the Gather Glass WaterFire products

Thank you Matt Stone and Benjamin Giguere for your dedication in creatively transforming the city.

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Exciting New Product Development

There are so many wonderful artists and organizations that share their love of WaterFire within their product line. We have selected two of these companies to begin new collaborations with this season. My Méz and ChemArt,  two local Rhode Island companies, both of whom share the love of WaterFire and create fun and unique products. Together we are designing new WaterFire inspired products and we need the help of WaterFire’s fans in the design process!

Here is quick preview of these new items and some ideas.

It’s not just a table, it’s My Méz – “Practical art, not just for the walls!”

WaterFire Providence My Méz

These stylish and functional pieces of art are produced and sold by local husband and wife team Samir Dhamija and Akanksha Aga. My Méz combines a beautiful full color photograph of WaterFire with a hand-made birch table. The photo is coated with a high-gloss finish making the table durable and attractive. If your space is limited and you’d like the piece to adorn your walls, My Méz table can be quickly and easily converted to become an attractive piece of art; ready to hang on any wall in your home. You can read more about My Méz and see other examples of their product on their website. Please contact us at shop@waterfire.org for information on different image and finish options.

WaterFire Providence My Méz Wall Art

ChemArt WaterFire Inspired Ornament

Ornament City Skyline

WaterFire Gondola Ornament

Lincoln, Rhode Island based ChemArt has been making unique handcrafted keepsakes since 1976 and are famous for their collection of White House themed ornaments. ChemArt’s ornaments are all designed and manufactured here in Rhode Island by an etching process in either plated silver or gold or even with a color overlay, the options are endless! This year’s WaterFire design team, Laura Duclos and Roger Williams University intern Becca Quigley, have been working closely with ChemArt’s design team to create a unique WaterFire themed keepsake ornament. The images above are some sketched ideas by Becca Quigley, that feature popular WaterFire scenes. What’s your favorite WaterFire element or scene?

Let us know what you think and if you’d be interested in purchasing these pieces. Thank you!

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