You might think I’m crazy writing about Christmas ornaments. Well… I may be a bit crazy, but the ornament thing in March is anything but crazy when you understand how the production and supply chain process of these products works.
Right about now, workshops throughout Poland— the ornament making capital of the world are busy launching their production for the 2022 Christmas season. They’ve already received their orders from boutiques and department stores throughout the world and thousands of artists are lining up to start the process.
Because most of these artisan workshops only use age-old techniques and never automate their processes, a single ornament can take up to three weeks to complete— from the first breath of air that’s blown into the molten glass, until the finished product is carefully placed in a shipping box to start the export process to all corners of the globe.
Last year I wanted to create something to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day so I developed a holiday ornament depicting an Evzone.
I started with my own sketches and color designs and partnered with a workshop in Poland that has been making ornaments by hand for decades. My main focus was quality. I wanted something that would become a keepsake in people’s homes. Not something trashy, made in China or mass-market.
I quickly immersed myself into the process and worked with these artisans in Poland to develop the Evzone and bring him to market.
Each ornament takes, approximately 3 weeks to make and everything is done by hand.
The molten glass is blown by mouth into a mold that’s been hand carved. The glass then needs several days to dry before numerous layers of paint can be added– all by hand.
It’s a meticulous process that, in the end, creates a unique keepsake.
But my Evzone was lonely, hanging on so many trees last year– which prompted me to get back to my sketchbook and begin designing his mate for the 2022 Christmas season.
Meet Amalia. I love how she turned out. I hope you do too and will love adding her to your family keepsake collection.
Because of the costly and time-consuming process to make these ornaments, I am taking pre-orders and will submit a bulk order for exactly the number of ornaments ordered for via The Pappas Market.
To read more details and see other ornaments that I’ve curated, please visit here.
I know it’s hard to think so far ahead, but the reality is, if you’d like these ornaments hanging on your Christmas tree this year, the process begins… soon.