The Poignon Project

Tiffin’s glass tradition

Tiffin Glass HouseGlass has been a staple of Tiffin since the late 1880s, when A. J. Beatty & Sons glass factory relocated to Tiffin.  Throughout the years, the factory had been altered, closed, re-opened, burnt down, rebuilt, sold, and expanded. Though the furnaces were shut down in 1980, to this day, Tiffin is still well known for glass production and collections.  These collections are still on display and for sale at various locations around the city.

Tiffin Glass Museum

The Tiffin Glass Museum is home to over a thousand pieces of glass that are organized in chronological order to show the evolution and growth of glass production in Tiffin over the years.  The museum has been open and sharing the beauty of glass since 1998 when it first opened. This year, they celebrate their 20th anniversary in downtown Tiffin.

Hawkes Crystal

In 1980, G.T. Hawkes & Company was founded by Thomas Gibbons Hawkes in Brooklyn, New York.  This later spread to over 1,000 cutting shops across the United States due to the high demand of crystal. The G.T. Hawkes & Company trademark is now owned by Hawkes Crystal (located at 207 S. Washington St.), as they revive the brand by translating old designs into new, modern looks. Hawkes recently launched an online store here.

The Poignon Project

The Poignon Project (227 E. Perry St.) offers a wide variety of art culture. In-shop, the owners do everything from glassblowing and woodworking to photography and personalized journals.  Also on display are pieces done by members of the community. Through Etsy, the Poignon Project works can be bought in all 50 states. They also offer a variety of art classes in-shop!

The Poignon Project

PoignonMeet Ryan Poignon, founder and owner of The Poignon Project, an art studio and gallery located at 227 E. Perry St. in Tiffin. Ryan and his wife moved back to Tiffin from Pennsylvania 4 years ago and opened the Retro Rabbit to save up for The Poignon Project. “It’s affordable to have a business in Tiffin, and there are so many resources available,” Ryan said.

Ryan specializes in glassblowing, which he does in the shop, as well as screen printing, woodworking, photography, cremation jewelry, personalized journals, art made of repurposed items and much more. His wife also makes home decorations and custom orders. They also display pieces created by local artists.Through their Etsy store, the Poignons sell items in all 50 states and internationally.

Recently, they started offering painting classes with Chelsea Bickelhaupt. Ryan said he would like to expand the classes and include glassblowing. They are always working on new projects, like noise instruments for a music circle, and a special Ouija board.

The Poignon Project is open Thursday 12-8, Friday 2-9, and Saturday 12-8.

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