We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven Lenchner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always heard that if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. After years of working in the entertainment industry, I decided to follow my passion for light, sculpting, and color!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe what sets me and my work apart from others in my passion for color and light. I am completely present while I am creating. I have been designing lighting since I was 13. When I discovered working with glass, it seem like a natural progression of my creative expression. I view glass as a moment of light trapped in time. It hasn’t been easy to create income from my work, but I’m up for a good challenge and have persisted. Persistence is a great tool. I would like others to know that my brand is based on listening to and being inclusive with my clients. Giving them a way to participate in what I make for them brings them joy and a profound investment in what has been created for them and with them. It’s such a pleasurer to have them start by telling me that they are not creative, to seeing them learn the vocabulary of creative expression. It’s an honor to see their growth and the love of what has been created for them. I help them turn a room into from a dull space into an engaging environment.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Los Angeles, and when friends come to visit, they expect that LA is just tinsel. I share my “happy places” with them. The places include spots along our coast line; places that you’d have no idea that you are still in LA, places to look at art and beauty. Places that make them lean into their senses and past judgement. I also share the gardens of my home and my two dogs. They like the dogs and forget that they came to visit me.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I started lighting plays and musicals when I was 13 years old and I earned a BFA in lighting and set design. As my career progressed I moved in to producing tv shows, the work was about money and logistics.
My dear friend, Morgan Bell-Iwerks saw that I was not living in my creativity and decided to find a creative outlet that we could share. She found a class for us to take in 2002, and we have both been creating glass works since then! Her work is gorgeous and can be seen in galleries on Whidbey Island, Washington State.
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