There have been some pretty great duos over the years. Batman and Robin were an instant classic. And peanut butter and chocolate have stood the test of time.
Local artists Sandi Drury and Jan Noyes are hoping to add their names to the list.
Drury, 56, whose medium of choice is glass, and Noyes, 54, who works mainly in tiles and ceramics, are getting together in two distinct spaces at Glenwood Square.
In space 231, about 700 square feet, the two will have a workshop. There will be classes there on glass and tiling techniques among other things. That’s where the magic will happen.
Just up the way, in space 240, is a retail shop, where customers can see the goods — from handcrafted glass lampshades to tiled wall hangers — and, of course, buy them. The shop is about 400 square feet.
They moved in during September and opened for the public Oct. 1.
If you don’t love glass, just give Drury a minute of your time.
“It’s great because you can do so many different things with it,” said the 1974 West Valley High School graduate. “You can fuse it, you can stain it, there’s hot glass, blown glass. I’ve been doing custom work for homes and businesses in the Valley since 1983.”
The spaces will carry both names of the businesses held by Drury and Noyes.
Drury is known for The Glass Kaleidoscope, while Noyes’ storefront name is De Tails.
Drury most recently had a storefront on Third Street in Yakima in 2010. Since then, she’s been working with local school districts teaching art. She’s taught glass art for the Yakima School District as well as West Valley and Toppenish.
Noyes, who grew up in Kittitas, worked alongside Drury in the ’90s. Her store, De Tails, closed in March. It was located at Track 29.
“Basically, this has happened because she lost her place and I was the only person she’d consider working with,” Drury said. “I know her work. She knows mine. Jan and I talked about it and we’ve always kept in touch.”
“We’ve been friends for a lot of years,” Noyes added.
The two grandmothers will keep “by appointment” hours to begin with and see how the business develops. They are both busy with family, work in their own home studios and trying to get this new venture off the ground.
Noyes has a 21-month-old grandson, while Drury has two grandsons, ages 9 and 4.
Drury says the highest demand for her is in custom works — crafting entry doors, cabinets and glass countertops. And she’s trying to balance that with requests for classes.
Among the glass classes that are planned: fused glass and stained glass. Drury also plans to put on some Christmas workshops featuring beveled candle holders.
As for Noyes, she has a variety of eye-catching work already on display, including custom tile mirrors and wall hangers as well as some refurbished items, including a “time-out” chair that will add some personality to your living room.
“We’ll be doing tile classes and an intro to ceramics — probably for all ages,” Noyes said.
“We’re going to incorporate glass and tile together,” Drury said. “That’ll definitely be different.”
Glenwood Square already houses three restaurants, including the popular Zesta Cucina Restaurant & Bar.
“... So we’ll see a lot more traffic in the afternoon and evening.”
The goal, says Noyes, is to grow the custom part of the business and increase the interest in ongoing classes.
“I am very excited to combine our products,” she said. “We get a chance to combine our glass and tile projects and be creative.”
It’s not really a gamble, putting two proven commodities together, added Drury.
“Both of us have already been in business and have already been successful,” she said. “Really, we’ve already been doing this. We’re really established artists. I’ve known her forever and she’s very talented.”
For more information, contact Drury at 509-961-3828 or Noyes at 509-594-2597.