FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and with the 30-day design guarantee, clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' décor. FastFrame also offers a lifetime craftmanship guarantee.
Five generations of potters meticulously maintain AW Pottery Atlanta's colossal cache of pottery and garden ornaments, flaunting local artisans’ handmade wares alongside hundreds of elegant ceramics imported from China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. They curate an extensive roster of urns, pots, and vases in styles that range from rustic and antique-like to contemporary and colorful. Many pieces are high-heat-fired, imbuing them with enough strength to withstand the elements in outdoor gardens or indoor wind tunnels, and a smattering of ornaments forged from bamboo and metal complement these ceramic, granite, and porcelain accouterments. A partner of the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, AW Pottery Atlanta donates part of its monthly profits in order to support awareness and research efforts.
That Pottery Place Studio’s shelves brim with hundreds of unfinished ceramic pieces, each ready to blossom with a completely unique bouquet of colors and designs. Animal-painted plates sit propped alongside decorative birdbaths, planters, coffee mugs, and owl figurines designed to scare pigeons away from the china hutch. Guests can throw their creativity at these 3D canvases using the studio’s stencils, brushes, sponges, and dozens of glazes. Staff members make the rounds sharing tips on technique and helping sort through idea books with painters during open studio time.
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Matt Janke dreamed of landing the perfect glass-blowing job. After moving to Atlanta in 1986, he realized there wasn't a single glass studio in town, granting his art a ready-made niche. After settling in, he returned to grad school, earning an MFA in glass with the intent to launch his own university program and ultimately procure his own space. By the time he graduated in 1992, Matt further honed his skills, stockpiled equipment, and, in 1996, opened his own studio and hired himself.
Beyond the perks of being his own boss, having his own studio affords Matt a great deal of creative freedom. He infuses all his handblown light fixtures, tumblers, and vases with the prismatic swirls of his signature style, in which precise lines and natural variations vie for attention across undulating surfaces. A downtown gallery space facilitates sales of these works.
But the studio has also fulfilled more than Matt's original goal of finding glass-blowing employment, going on to catalyze a glass-blowing community. From single apprentices in the early days, the studio is now a full-fledged classroom, with space for five instructors, a dozen students, and the kilns that must melt their glass until they each finish their training by capturing and taming a fire-breathing dragon.