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Co-winner of the State of Oregon 2008 SBA Person of the Year Award and the Austin Family Business of the Year Award for 2008, Henry developed some of the most important colors in the borosilicate palette today, designed and built the first small scale drawing machines which are now used to produce rods in the 128, 104, 96 and 33 COEs and introduced a research program to study the colors and disseminate information on best use.
In his non-business life, Henry enjoys working around the house, family activities and the martial arts. He still looks forward to splitting logs for the fireplace with a sledge and wedge and doing ground work in the gym on a hot summer evening. Watching the Daily show is also high on the list. Henry has recently taken up an old hobby that he enjoyed in the 50's and 60's - knot tying, which he hopes to integrate into his lampworking.
Susan Webb-Grimmett founded Glass Alchemy. Ltd. with her husband and business partner, Henry Grimmett, at the end of 1999 and began manufacturing groundbreaking borosilicate colors in 2000.
Susan is not the typical president of a manufacturing company. Twenty years of her career was spent as a ceramic sculptor. As a woman in glass and a woman in business, Susan has fostered many relationships with glass artists and enjoys meeting new lampworkers. By working closely with artists, Susan has worked to partner in the exploration of borosilicate glass. The transition from artist to business woman has taught Susan to listen to the needs of her customers, as they hold the keys to the ideas of the future. Responding responsibly to her customers and her employees has allowed Susan to keep her focus and passion on the realization of the exponential possibilities of 33 COE glass.
Glass Alchemy has been acknowledged as a leading innovator and manufacturer of borosilicate glass. The automated manufacturing process allows the employees to focus their skills on the quality of the glass, ensuring Glass Alchemy consistently produce glass to meet artist standards. The success of the company has also been widely acknowledged on a national level. Susan Webb-Grimmett was named the Small Business Administration 2008 Small Business Person of the Year for the state of Oregon. Glass Alchemy, Ltd. has also been named the Austin Family Business Program's Small Family Business of the Year through the College of Business at Oregon State University.
Thomas Grimmett's interest in glass began at the age of 14 when he immediately fell in love with the medium. Thomas has worked at Glass Alchemy during school vacations and holidays since the company was established in 2000. Prior to working at Glass Alchemy, Thomas' first experience with colored borosilicate was at Northstar Glassworks where he worked with his father, Henry Grimmett, during his school vacations in the late 90s.
Thomas joined Glass Alchemy full time in 2007 and now manages the production floor and color development. In addition to creating colored borosilicate glass, Thomas has also studied sculptural technique under JDC Roman and taught practical color application classes throughout the US and Japan.
Jodi joined Glass Alchemy in early 2008 to work on company communications, both internally and externally. You might work with Jodi if you send photographs of your artwork to Glass Alchemy, when you use Boromax® color. Jodi also conducts community outreach and communication on Glass Alchemy's behalf when we are testing new colors, to determine if you like them.
World travel has been one of Jodi's undertakings over the past 10 years and she has had the wonderful and eye opening experience of calling New Zealand and Belgium home. When not at work, Jodi continues to practice her French and Spanish language skills so she can continue her travels.