My mother always said, “When one door closes, another opens.” As Farmers Marker Finds searches for new artisans to spotlight, this has become a recurring theme. Island Design is a glass etching business that was founded through fate’s intervention. Owner, Deborah Sullivan, had the urge to make some changes when her husband passed away four years ago. This former controller from Massachusetts decided to follow her daughter to the south to start fresh. In 2013, Deborah joined a “newcomers” art club in Wilmington, North Carolina. Despite her cerebral career, Deborah always had a passion for arts and crafts, so she thought joining would give her a creative outlet and a way to make some new friends. Boy was she right!
At the newcomers art club, Deborah learned and fell in love with the art of glass etching. As Deborah honed her craft, the hand of fate intervened again. Deborah met a gentleman who was retiring and selling his glass etching business. He was looking for someone to purchase his equipment. So trusting that this was meant-to-be Deborah purchased his business and all his equipment. Shortly thereafter, Island Design was born.
While the work is very labor intensive, Deborah loves it. Most of her work is creating custom designs, but she does make some stock pieces as well. Looking at her Etsy and Facebook pages gives you an example of the variety of products that Island Design can create for any occasion. All of the sandblasting is done in Deborah’s home studio which gives her the flexibility of working with customers on getting their perfect design. Most of the designs range from $10 -$35 although some special orders will cost more depending on the number of pieces ordered and the intricacy of the design.
During the summer Island Design split her time between the Carolina Beach Farmers Market and the Kure Beach Farmers Market. This fall you can find her at the Wilmington Holiday Market at the Carolina Beach Lake Park on November 7, 2015 and her Etsy site is always open! If you are lucky enough to live in the Wilmington, NC area, Deborah’s designs are also being carried by Tickled Pink, an upscale shopping in Lumina Station. So next time you are look for a special gift that can be personalized to your vision, give Deborah at Island Design a call!