Let LAVA Flow !

Brooche made by Jennie Merritt 2015

Brooche made by Jennie Merritt 2015

Yes, it is hard to believe, but we are now into our third year at  LAVA.

The Gallery and Studio have had nothing but support from the day we opened, from the public and artists alike. My vision was not a cloudy one.

Bunbury and the South West of Western Australia have been amazing with their support and there is nothing better than meeting new people every day and sharing in my passion for glass ūüôā

On a business level, as to be expected there would always be things that would need adjusting as you go.

We utilised every form of advertising we could that was suitable and believe I now know where my advertising dollar is best spent. Naturally it was the last part of the plan.LAVA LOGO.jpg BELLEN Website

Our primary goal with the comprehensive marketing strategy was to build the LAVA brand and we believe this is well on its way. Despite the current economic environment and having an extremely niche market in a rural town, the business grows and we am feeling very positive for the future.

We all need something new and alive in our lives and that is what LAVA does, provides the colour, energy and inspiration to travel through our life.

So, why do we feel so positive? Well, apart from still feeling focused and energised there are of course as many factors and reasons  as there are facets to LAVA. These include:

  1. Consistent growth in sales
  2. Regular return customers
  3. Destination shoppers from Perth and nearby areas
  4. Interstate tourists who have heard of ‚ÄėLAVA‚Äô
  5. Internet sales
  6. Growth in classes, workshops & courses
  7. Growth in commissions
  8. Need to employ more staff to assist
  9. Confidence and pride of local community

These were all goals that are on the five year plan and we are delighted that LAVA has achieved this in the first two years.

The LAVA Gallery now boasts forty artists work exhibited regularly. Every artist is as different and as diverse as the possibilities of glass.

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So that’s¬†the update, my next blog will be on one of the varied techniques in art glass!

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Giving back for the support!

Yes, folks it is one year that LAVA has been open.

Whoop Whoop……… champagne all round.

As a way of celebrating our 1st Birthday LAVA will be holding an Exhibition to celebrate!!!!

Classes have been popular and as a way of giving back to the community that have supported the LAVA Studio the exhibition is a student exhibition entitled’ Creative Reflections’

All students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work and offer for sale if they so chose.

Very Exciting! We will also behaving a few added attractions to the exhibition to entice those who have been thinking they may like to experience ‘Art that flows’

Yes folks, we will be having a  hot glass raking demonstration.

Sand casting demonstrations and  the opportunity to make a hand casting.

And……. for your entertainment, there will be live acoustic music to add an extra relaxed vibe to the exhibition.

I have to say that when I first floated the idea with the past students I anticipated reluctance….I was SO VERY wrong.

Most have accepted  the opportunity with excitement which is fantastic a reflection of the enthusiastic and vibrant people here in the South West!

If you are local and can make it along please do….. come see how South West people creative with ‘Art that Flows’…..

The Opening is at 11am Saturday 19th April and will go until Sunday 29th April 2014

Until next, Stay creative and please enjoy a couple examples of some creative peoples work.

Brenda

LAVA Lady

Felt glass Student elation