copper & torch

copper & torch

Art, Craft, and Everyday Life of Lindsay Troutman

(all images and designs copyrighted by C&T, unless noted otherwise)

Pretty pink blooms and ferns brighten up my day every time! (Photo @jennabechtholt & Flowers by @emblemflowers ) 
The triangle #wallvase was the very first in the collection and still a bestseller. This is the small. #handmade #floraldesign #copperandtorch

Pretty pink blooms and ferns brighten up my day every time! (Photo @jennabechtholt & Flowers by @emblemflowers )
The triangle #wallvase was the very first in the collection and still a bestseller. This is the small. #handmade #floraldesign #copperandtorch

It’s a beautiful summer day in Atlanta! Feeling like a good day for a nature walk! #copperandtorch #handmade

It’s a beautiful summer day in Atlanta! Feeling like a good day for a nature walk! #copperandtorch #handmade

Loving this image of the beautiful @amandarchambault wearing my spotted feather necklace! There are five colors available on the website (link in profile) and they come on a 32 inch chain which is great for layering. #crueltyfreefeathers #handmade #feathers #copperandtorch

Loving this image of the beautiful @amandarchambault wearing my spotted feather necklace! There are five colors available on the website (link in profile) and they come on a 32 inch chain which is great for layering. #crueltyfreefeathers #handmade #feathers #copperandtorch

Had a delicious and inspiring pimento cheese powered biz lunch with @patruskaa & @natasheebear @empirestatesouth followed by a field trip/ design sesh with rows and rows of glass glory at Armstrong. I am *so* excited about this collaboration coming up and I can’t wait to share it! #mineralforestiscomingsoon #glassartist #copperandtorch

Had a delicious and inspiring pimento cheese powered biz lunch with @patruskaa & @natasheebear @empirestatesouth followed by a field trip/ design sesh with rows and rows of glass glory at Armstrong. I am *so* excited about this collaboration coming up and I can’t wait to share it! #mineralforestiscomingsoon #glassartist #copperandtorch

The Ever Expanding Blog Post : Copper & Torch edition!

My very creative and sweet ( like chick fil a sweet tea sweet, I always order the large) friend Kristen ( www.alanahtextiles.com ) invited me to be a part of this project and I’m so excited to answer these four extremely broad questions and try to narrow down my answers. The beauty of a self interview is that no one is prodding me and trying to get a boxed answer. The perfectly packaged “right” answer. So here goes: right or wrong, here’s what I have to say!

1. What am I working on?
Well I have several projects in the works right now. I am creating a new line which may or may not require that I take some classes in electrical work! Pretty excited about that; Top Secret for now! In addition to that I have a few collaborations in the works with some others creatives, one is with a modern designer (a lighting project) , one is with a calligrapher ( the coaster project which is expanding!) and another is with Athica, a local art gallery in Athens, where I’ve been asked (along with a whole bunch of other artists) to create a piece of artwork based on a tarot card ! I got the moon! And finally, I’m working on a ton of orders that keep rolling in from my recent feature in Better Homes & Gardens magazine! Everybody wants the same one that’s in the picture. Over and over. Again and again. I could cut that design in my sleep now.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Well, the glass wall vases I make hold water, can hang on a wall and can even hang flat against a window. A lot of other glass work I’ve seen recently, is so beautiful and geometric, but I feel that it’s kind of limited to the trendier, hipster, young crowd. One thing that makes me happy about my designs is that they seem to appeal to all ages. Actually, the first person to purchase one of my wall vases was a very elderly woman who wanted to put fresh flowers in her bathroom. I love that people young and old can relate to the simplicity of the designs and also the solid handwork and functionality.

3. Why do I create what I do?
It’s funny how creatives will dabble in every medium. I’m no different. I’ve gone all over the spectrum from working on a potters wheel, black and white photography, printmaking, fibers, what have you. But I keep returning to glass. I just love working with it. It’s dangerous and fragile, it makes a beautiful sound when you score it and I love the sizzle of solder hitting flux. It’s all very exciting to the senses. I make decor and jewelry because I love both of those things so much. I also love designing, so be on the lookout for more items coming soon!

4. How does my creative process work?
I love to read anything- signs, books, magazines, blogs, fb statuses….it really doesn’t matter. I think that most of my designs begin with something I read. If I read some beautiful family history, I’m tempted to work with old lace and vintage paper and to put it under glass. If I’m reading about the future of fashion and it’s clean lines and structured forms, I get out my sketch book and start drawing up plans for pieces that mimic that aesthetic. It’s fun to always have several ideas at the ready for when I get that “let’s make something brand new” itch! I’d say I get that itch at least once a week! Haha!

Thanks for reading! I’ve invited three more artists to keep up this expanding blog post- I’ll post their blogs here soon!

What’s more American than doing it yourself? It’s the way we were raised and it’s a part of a our culture that’s here to stay. BUT- there are limits. The trick is to know them. As a business woman who is a maker, I’m tempted at every turn to DIY everything! But if I look around me, I realize I’m surrounded by people who can do it better, more efficiently, and with greater expertise than I can from watching a couple tutorials or taking a crash course. So let’s support those people. Then they support you- it’s a delightful cycle of community support and the result is excellence for your community, your business and your soul! Copper & Torch is brought to you by the following helpful hands: glass- me! /Website & logo @pdpaperco / Photography -Tammy Cantarella and Kristen Bach / Paper & cards- @smokeyroadpress / Model- @tativen / Moral support and a bajillion hours of biz chats: @dearestolive / Legal & web support @schooloftrout / and all of you for supporting me every step of the way! I launched only 9 months ago and I’m so grateful for all of you! #diy #takesavillage #copperandtorch #makersgonnamake

What’s more American than doing it yourself? It’s the way we were raised and it’s a part of a our culture that’s here to stay. BUT- there are limits. The trick is to know them. As a business woman who is a maker, I’m tempted at every turn to DIY everything! But if I look around me, I realize I’m surrounded by people who can do it better, more efficiently, and with greater expertise than I can from watching a couple tutorials or taking a crash course. So let’s support those people. Then they support you- it’s a delightful cycle of community support and the result is excellence for your community, your business and your soul! Copper & Torch is brought to you by the following helpful hands: glass- me! /Website & logo @pdpaperco / Photography -Tammy Cantarella and Kristen Bach / Paper & cards- @smokeyroadpress / Model- @tativen / Moral support and a bajillion hours of biz chats: @dearestolive / Legal & web support @schooloftrout / and all of you for supporting me every step of the way! I launched only 9 months ago and I’m so grateful for all of you! #diy #takesavillage #copperandtorch #makersgonnamake

Studio Sunday! Decided to work on some orders today because my husband is studying for the bar exam, and who wants to watch that? #studioscenes #glassartist #patinaparty #copperandtorch #barprephomestretch @schooloftrout

Studio Sunday! Decided to work on some orders today because my husband is studying for the bar exam, and who wants to watch that? #studioscenes #glassartist #patinaparty #copperandtorch #barprephomestretch @schooloftrout

Stumbled across my grandmother’s biz card from the early 70’s when she had an antiques shop! She’s always collected amazing things and I love that she wanted to share it with her community at one time. She is the woman behind the “Rachel Frances” lace in my shop and the very definition of style, class, southern hospitality, and beauty both inside and out. I think I’ll keep her card around the studio for inspiration. #jewelrytray #southernlady #copperandtorch #handmade

Stumbled across my grandmother’s biz card from the early 70’s when she had an antiques shop! She’s always collected amazing things and I love that she wanted to share it with her community at one time. She is the woman behind the “Rachel Frances” lace in my shop and the very definition of style, class, southern hospitality, and beauty both inside and out. I think I’ll keep her card around the studio for inspiration. #jewelrytray #southernlady #copperandtorch #handmade

Perfect summer bouquet created by the talented floral styling of @moonflower_design … Mandy not only grows her own flowers, but she creates absolutely stunning arrangements… Follow her around via IG and you’ll see that she’s going places! #floraldesign #flowers #handmade #wallvase #copperandtorch #moonflowerdesign

Perfect summer bouquet created by the talented floral styling of @moonflower_design … Mandy not only grows her own flowers, but she creates absolutely stunning arrangements… Follow her around via IG and you’ll see that she’s going places! #floraldesign #flowers #handmade #wallvase #copperandtorch #moonflowerdesign

Do not- I repeat: Do not hesitate to ask me about commissioning designs! This client loved the feathers collection, but loved the diamond glass and wanted to marry the two + she wanted earrings…and now I have an awesome new product offering! #feathers #copperandtorchcustom #copperandtorch #handmade #crueltyfreefeathers

Do not- I repeat: Do not hesitate to ask me about commissioning designs! This client loved the feathers collection, but loved the diamond glass and wanted to marry the two + she wanted earrings…and now I have an awesome new product offering! #feathers #copperandtorchcustom #copperandtorch #handmade #crueltyfreefeathers

#makerhands 
My hands are the most important tools for my trade, and they get worked really hard. I love a good manicure, but lately, my dirty work hands mean that my art is getting out there…couldn’t be happier about that. #makersgonnamake #handmade

#makerhands
My hands are the most important tools for my trade, and they get worked really hard. I love a good manicure, but lately, my dirty work hands mean that my art is getting out there…couldn’t be happier about that. #makersgonnamake #handmade

Can I just say that I’m still freaking out about my work being the home opener for the August issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine? Because I am. I’m not too cool to admit that I can’t believe it. If you pick up a copy, it’s page 29! #speechless #makersgonnamake #gettingpress #humbled #copperandtorch @betterhomesandgardens #betterhomesandgardens

Can I just say that I’m still freaking out about my work being the home opener for the August issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine? Because I am. I’m not too cool to admit that I can’t believe it. If you pick up a copy, it’s page 29! #speechless #makersgonnamake #gettingpress #humbled #copperandtorch @betterhomesandgardens #betterhomesandgardens

Missing the waves today! I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico and have walked who knows how many miles of sandy shores over the years. Always adding to my collection of coral, seabird feathers, driftwood, sea stars, and even fish bones! Collections go great in my window boxes- start looking around you for natural treasures! #copperandtorch #collections #wallvase #handmade #seashells

Missing the waves today! I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico and have walked who knows how many miles of sandy shores over the years. Always adding to my collection of coral, seabird feathers, driftwood, sea stars, and even fish bones! Collections go great in my window boxes- start looking around you for natural treasures! #copperandtorch #collections #wallvase #handmade #seashells

Good morning! Working away- thinking about organization and wondering how all my maker friends do it! My studio is always chaos with a touch of organization. Do you take an hour each day to reorganize? Tips? #studioscenes #glassartist

Good morning! Working away- thinking about organization and wondering how all my maker friends do it! My studio is always chaos with a touch of organization. Do you take an hour each day to reorganize? Tips? #studioscenes #glassartist

Loved doing this collaboration with @emblemflowers and @jennabechtholt in May- so glad Jenna got such a great image of the water in the wall vase. Sometimes people ask me if the #copperandtorch vases hold water and the answer is yes! I work really hard to get perfect soldered lines so that they won’t leak, and then I put each of my pieces through a series of h2o tests… #floraldesign #wallvase #handmade #madeinamerica

Loved doing this collaboration with @emblemflowers and @jennabechtholt in May- so glad Jenna got such a great image of the water in the wall vase. Sometimes people ask me if the #copperandtorch vases hold water and the answer is yes! I work really hard to get perfect soldered lines so that they won’t leak, and then I put each of my pieces through a series of h2o tests… #floraldesign #wallvase #handmade #madeinamerica