Jackson Schwartz | Hennepin Made
Hennepin Made was founded in Minneapolis in 2011 through the partnership of Joe Limpert and Jackson Schwartz with the common belief that handmade products have an essential place in our culture and everyday life.
Can you tell us a bit about your business and how you got your start?
Our business is an artisan producer of handmade glass lighting and accessories. We have a strong focus on the architecture and interior design fields along with a couple key retail partnerships. Hennepin Made was founded in 2011 when we built our first studio. I had been blowing glass for 8 years working in various capacities: university instructor, lead glassblower for contemporary glass artists, production glassblower, craft artisan. When we built the studio we made a intentional shift into design to create a viable business that could scale.
How and where do you see growth for your business?
It is interesting timing to reflect on this as I am sensing we just completed a first major cycle for our business: We effectively scaled, invested in new infrastructure and now need some level of reinvention to continue to grow. I believe we will see growth in new partnerships, expanding our awareness amongst interior designers, and adding a direct to consumer offering through accessories.
If you had one piece of advice for someone starting a business, what would it be?
Never doubt yourself. You can have a healthy fear of failure but if you have self doubt it will undermine what you are trying to accomplish.
LAB is founded on three key values: connect, create and collaborate. What are your three key values?
Make, Share, Listen
What is the favorite thing about your workspace?
We cherish craft.
What’s currently on your studio playlist?
There are 4 or 5 playlists happening at any given time with all the different spaces. Most played would probably be Sylvan Esso. In the cafe, Whitney has also been popular.
What is your no-fail, go-to when you need inspiration or to get out of a creative rut?
Leave the urban environment and get lost in the woods or on the water. The natural elements and spending time making food slows everything down allowing for attention to the world around you.
What are some of your everyday essentials that you can’t live without?
When I think of essentials it comes down to meaningful interactions with the people we share time with. Also essential are creativity, craft, possibility, imagination.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I would be putting all of my energy into an organization that fosters creativity and presents a vision for a better future. It could be a business, community non-profit, environmental cause, etc. It may exist or I may need to start it.
If you could be a fly on the wall of anyone’s studio/shop/office whose would it be?
For Hennepin Made to collaborate with Bolon would be amazing. They are a driver in innovation and design.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Favorite place to meet/collaborate in the Twin Cities.
Parallel Cafe, it’s our living room.
Three Instagram accounts you love to see in your feed.
I don’t spend much time on Instagram.
Summer / On the water
Winter / Staying warm and focused making
Fall / Enjoying the colors
Spring / Watching everything turn lush and green
Last Adventure: Canadian Wilderness
Next Adventure: Colorado Mountains
By Day: Listening to the rain
By Night: Stargazing
Latest Craft: Honing Hospitality Skills
Secret Skill: Home Cooking
Believes in: Power of optimism
Embraces: The future
Yes Please: Change
No Thanks: Standing still
Spirit Animal: Anything that can fly or swim
Favorite word: Dependent
Favorite day of the week: Friday