We've been fans of Deborah Ehrlich glassware for a long time — and were very lucky to do a recent studio visit with her. Although you see her work everywhere — Deborah herself has managed to keep a low profile. She took us through her beautiful Hudson Valley studio, and we got a chance to see her entire body of work all one place.
Deborah's work has been showcased at what one could call a "dream list" of design and retail stores… including Takashimaya, E.R.Butler, Moss, The Shop at The Cooper-Hewitt, Turpan, Youngblood and Holly Hunt. Many signature architects have favored her work in their projects as well.
Deborah's process is direct and physical, which speaks to her training and work as a sculptor. With a sharp pencil, she draws on sheets of tracing paper, then moves the translucent sheets back and forth, looking through the layers to find the correct proportions. The process is very tactile, and results in crystal that has all the nuances of these hand-drawn lines. On her work table there are countless stacks of drawings on trace — and the drawings are every bit as breathtaking as the crystal. Deborah thinks of her work more as "drawings in space" rather than product design.
In a time where so much design focuses on social message, irony, or toys with function or consumerism, it is a visual reprieve to witness Deborah's flawless proportions, materialized in equally flawless hand blown crystal. The glasses are made of non-lead Swedish crystal, handblown into a precise mold; then hand-cut and polished for a perfect lip. Her crystal comes from old world craftsmanship from the Glass Kingdom in Sweden, handmade by an exceptional craftsperson who has worked alongside Deborah from the start of her company. Paper thin crystal is Deborah's trademark — breathtaking to hold in your hand — and to drink from.
The email address for Deborah's studio is info@DeborahEhrlich.com