concepts fueling this Hello Galena! feature have a family flare
as NorthWest Designs boasts a trio of talented craftspeople:
Pennie, Daryl & Drew Groezinger.
& Inspire ~ Where Inspiration Meets Art
Believing that life is not measured by the amount of breaths
we take, but by the moments that take our breath away, the artists
with NorthWest Designs Glass Studio create uniquely inspired
glass jewelry & wine stops. These artists are known for capturing
the spirit of life in each piece. The artists hold fast to believing
and inspiring as they transform molten glass into beautiful
in God, Believe In Yourself and Believe In Your Family"
is a saying that Pennie, Daryl and Drew Groezinger live every
day. Believing in each other's abilities, this family has nurtured
and expanded their interest in the arts. In 2003, at age five,
Drew expressed an interest in glass and took a bead class. Drew
purchased a torch and glass supplies with his birthday money
and since adult supervision was required, he taught his parents
bead-making basics. Family and friends loved the jewelry, bookmarks,
and other decorative items coming from their studio. Soon, glass
pendants were added to the line, and they started participating
in juried art shows in Illinois and Wisconsin. Working together
this family pastime has grown to the thriving business known
as NorthWest Designs. Weekends are spent together in the studio
or traveling to an artist community where they exhibit and sell
their jewelry at juried events.
work beads are special in both the process of creation and the
individuality in each finished bead. The artists start with
rods of glass which they slowly & patiently melt while wrapping
the glass around the mandrel. Using their own perspective of
incorporating specific colors together the bead begins to come
to life. Individual creativity takes over from here as the shape
and design now come to fruition. Asked what they like best about
making beads, Daryl says it's relaxing to design and create.
Drew likes it as a way to focus on the task at hand. Pennie
cites the motivation and opportunity to share family time together.
She also says her 94-year-old Grandma Groezinger has been her
inspiration with her reminder to always stay busy with your
family as they are a gift from God.
to finding the Groezinger's work in the Hello Galena! store
and at various juried art shows, visitors will find NorthWest
Designs Glass Studio is tucked in the beautiful hills of rolling
Jo Daviess County, just 3 miles south of Hwy 20 outside of Stockton.
Locate the studio on this map.
You are invited
to share in the experience of glass designs by watching the
artists create unique glass beads. Studio hours are posted on
their webpage www.nwdglassstudio.com
-- select show schedule on the left side of the homepage.
13493 Blair Hill Road,
Stockton IL 61085
Studio Numbers: 815-947-2983 or 815-291-HOPE (4673)
is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than
65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are
displayed at 121 N. Commerce Street, Galena, Ill. Artists staff
the art-only shop. Check out our handy online
map, store hours and directions. For
more information about Hello Galena, call (815) 777-1448 during