a few weeks ago i had the opportunity to visit this studio in northeast minneapolis. founded in 2011, hennepin made is an independent studio that creates lighting and other modern designs. although the team is small and the craft is careful, hennepin made is growing in a big way.
jackson schwartz, who shares my excitement about minnesota makers, gave me a full tour of the studio. just a couple of years ago, jackson and his partner joe limpert made the decision to pursue product design instead of fine art, and were outgrowing their rental studio. without a perfect plan, they moved into this new space, and paid themselves just enough to get by. today, the company is selling a line of products through room and board. more proof that there is a place-- and a need-- for artisanal goods. i have always been intrigued by glass blowing, so it was a remarkable experience to see these makers in action.