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701 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA, 94710
United States


Rocket Glass Works is an artisanal handblown glass tableware, lighting and decorative object designer and manufacturer. We use traditional glassblowing technique alongside modern manufacturing processes to make all of our products by hand in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


The trials & tribulations of starting a small-scale hand-blown glass company in Oakland, California. 


Sam Schumacher

This spring has been a very busy one! I just wrapped up a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to prototype & develop a full product line and take it to market. The campaign reached its goal and far exceeded it thanks to the support of all of the backers!

I feel honored and humbled to have had so many people find the campaign and purchase glassware to support RGW's development. Starting form scratch isn't easy, and I could not be doing this without everyone that has supported my work so far. 

I've been in the studio a ton, starting production on rewards, and am excited to get them out to all of the backers! Thanks again to all of you who have helped make this successful!

Truckin' Along

Sam Schumacher

Well, things are truckin' along for RGW. I've been keeping busy with commissions for tableware and even some of my sculptural work, while building up the shop, teaching and trying to find time to get the Kickstarter finished, and work on new designs.

Dang, now that I say that, that's a lot. I always feel like I'm not making enough progress, but the farther along I get with this little company, the more I'm realizing just how much work something like this takes, and the more inspired I get by all the people out there making. It takes a long time to do this right, and I'm okay with that. 

I Just got the final cut of the Kickstarter video back, and it looks great! Now just the other back-end work like reward development and planning for the campaign. Hopefully it'll do well, and RGW will have some seed money and a group of folks interested in the company.



Here We Go!

Sam Schumacher

Well, we're officially making glass under the Rocket Glass Works name! We've mostly been selling on private commission so far from friends & family, and customers finding our work in the gallery at our studio. It's a great feeling to have our work in the hands of people who appreciate it, and to have built a connection with those people over the objects they use every day. 

We're still a ways away from full-scale production, but progress is being made! We want RGW to be a sustainable, thoughtful (and well-thought-out) company, and that starts from the ground up. We're only taking on jobs we can manage for now, as we work on more back-end business development. It's tempting to work in the studio blowing glass all day, because that's why we're here, but investing in the business model is what's going to keep us blowing glass in the long term, so that's our focus for now.

We have a lot of exciting things coming up, so stay tuned, as we'll be posting more of our work soon, launching our e-commerce platform & sharing more about our apprenticeship program and how we're making this big, wonderfully-terrifying dream a reality. Thank you for all your support, and for taking a little extra time to learn about the company and the people behind your glassware.