Orient & Flume Studios
Orient & Flume produces fine art glass for the collector. These signed pieces capture nature's inspiration in both iridescent and crystal clear glass. Nationally acclaimed for its excellence in design since 1972, the glass of Orient & Flume utilizes both traditional and contemporary motifs and can be found in the permanent collections of the most prestigious museums in the world.
Their artists include Bruce Sillars, Scott Beyers, William Carter and Richard Braley.
In the early 1800s, Chico was an important center for gold mining, railroad construction and ranching. By the late 1800s, Chico had grown into a charming Victorian community. The quaint atmosphere soon created one of the most distinctive valley towns in California.
About 1893, one characteristic home with a carriage house was built in the historic oriental section of town. Located between Orient Street and Flume Street, this site was destined to play an important role in the story of Orient & Flume. In l972, the house was purchased by Douglas Boyd and was transformed into an art glass studio.
Early work of the studio was directed toward recreating the silver-luster of iridescent glass of such turn-of-the-century artists as Tiffany, Steuben, and Loetz. In time, this led to their current creations of intricate, three-dimensional designs encased in clear glass.
By 1973 the carriage house proved to be too small for a rapidly growing business and was relocated. The work of Orient & Flume can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Chrysler Museum, the Corning Glass Museum and fine stores and galleries throughout the world.