Local artist creates hand-blown glass ornaments

Hand-blown glass ornaments being sold at The Poignon Project. At right, Ryan Poignon creates a clear glass ornament.

The holiday season is a time to celebrate family traditions, something a local artisan has turned into a way to share his art and bring families together.

Ryan Poignon, owner and artist of The Poignon Project Art Studio and Gallery, is again making and selling hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments.

Poignon said he has been making and selling hand-blown glass ornaments for the past years — having made them first out of his garage.

According to Poignon, he started to make and sell ornaments following a family tradition of his grandmother who had always gave an ornament every year as a gift.

“You don’t remember the ornament itself, but the memories that came with it,” Poignon said. “These ornaments are something you have year after year.”

The tradition also goes hand-in-hand with Tiffin’s history with glass, he said.

“This is the next generation of glass,” Poignon said.

Poignon said his ornaments are each unique in their own way — something that is not mass produced, but intimate and hand-made.

Poignon makes classic ornaments with a modern-twist, he said. Some of the ornaments featured are the classic bulb ornaments and ice-cicle shapes. He also creates custom ornaments and characters and figures.

“This is a tradition I want to keep going,” he said.

In addition, there is a holiday Artist Market scheduled from noon-6 p.m. today at The Tiffin Brewery, 277 Wall St.

The market features art vendors, craft beer and more. A food cart will also be on-site by Loco Deli of Fremont.

Poignon is also hosting a giveaway from noon-9 p.m. Dec. 14, where families and individuals can come get a map and hunt for location where ornaments are hidden. In addition, the event will feature additional drawings.

For more information, call (419) 618-649 and follow The Poignon Project on Facebook.