In a cold steel warehouse in Southwest Detroit, Artists Chris Nordin and Michelle Plucinsky founded an amazing company know as Furnace Hot Glass Works. Functional glassware with a 50’s theme and Venetian overtones soon became their signature line. Over the years, this studio evolved into one of Metro Detroit’s most renowned glass studios, producing work for a worldwide clientele with a focus on highly crafted glass manufacturing.

In June 2005, FDS moved into its current 14,000 square foot facility, which formerly housed a machine shop. Located at 25331 Trowbridge in west Dearborn it took the company a year and half to renovate the new space and get all the equipment ready for action. The current facility houses a small gallery, grinding room, sandblasting area, metal shop, conference room, and ample space to put together the large projects requested by companies and individuals.

Run as a private studio, FDS glass opens it doors 3 times a year for community events; Michigan Glass Month, Glass Pumpkin Fest, and Holiday Bazaar. Each event draws massive crowds for the rare opportunity to see the inside workings of this companies studio. Donations are made and monies are raised for community charities while everyone comes looking for the chance to BUY LOCAL and support the Arts in metro Detroit.


Chris Nordin

Chris Nordin

Chris Nordin

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Designer, Glassblower, Sculptor

“History, tradition, and technique are the main influence of every piece of work that I do. These three sources are highly integrated together with Italian glass culture.”

“Not limiting myself to traditional materials, my work continually draws me towards alternative mixed media. Knowing that the sculptural side of my work is the true challenge to my creative processes, this opens the door to the ever-challenging sport of technical blowing, allowing me to sharpen my skills to a level that satisfies my technical needs. Technical glassblowing is an endless road, which is why I love using glass as a medium, either as sculpture or sport.”


Michelle Plucinsky

Michelle Plucinsky

Michelle Plucinsky

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Designer, Glassblower, Sculptor

“Contemporary Modern design, that which embodies beautiful form with function, plays a big role in my personal designing of glass and sculpture. Much of my work evolves around themes of nature and color pattern, and how I can make those ideas interact within our daily lives and modern culture. I strive to produce works that evoke a familiar feeling, a type of reflective thought or moment, in which people can calm their emotions and focus their energies on Art.”

“Currently, I tend to work mostly with blown glass, but find myself starting to employ a variety of mixed media to fully enhance the glass and the potential of the finished work.”