“May this heart awaken the joy that lies within and allow me to cultivate it and share that joy with all I meet.” Intention leads us each down our own path of discovery and experimentation. This heart features a story that is self-reflective and crafted with a swirl of glass in the center. “May this heart awaken the joy that lies within and allow me to cultivate it and share that joy with all I meet.”
Kitras Art Glass Ornament - Tree of Joy
Stephen Kitras began working as a glass blower in 1988. He studied at Sheridan College located in Oakville, Ontario Canada. For five years he worked alone handling all of the production and administrative tasks. He and his wife Elke were shipping the product from their dinning room table. In 1994 Kitras Art Glass was formed and Stephen and Elke became founding partners of the corporation. At this time, the single most important factor in the company's growth was the beginning of exportation to the United States.
By 2001 company sales had increased and a new facility was built to accomodate the increased production demands. In 2006 Stephen and Elke's oldest daughter, Sophie, joined the company and is now the sales and marketing manager. Stephen continues to be involved in the company, overseeing all new product development,training of new staff, and when he has time, working on his own art projects and commissions.
In 1999, the company suffered the loss of Elke Kitras to Leukemia, but the vision that she and Stephen developed for the company continues to thrive.
It is the vision of Kitras Art Glass to be recoginized as an excellent Canadian glass blowing studio that produces innovative, beautiful and decorative glass objects. They strive to create designs that enhance the modern home, garden and lifestyle. They believe that beautiful things enhance the enjoyment of everyday life. When surrounded by beauty the spirit is uplifted.