Beta Time!

Beta Time!

Alright boys and girls, this site is done!  (we still have products and collections to list, but it's mostly done, and the website structure and coding is finished.)

Now, for the next step...  Beta testing.

I am starting a limited beta, targeted at our Facebook friends and followers.  Lets hope nothing breaks :-)

Love y'all.

Holy shit...  yeah....  I have to come up with a title...

Holy shit... yeah.... I have to come up with a title...


Where to start?

Okay, this seems like a good place...

There have been a lot of changes since my last post.  You may have noticed that the entire site has changed.  Or you may not, that's fine too.  Dorothy and I decided to combine our efforts under a single banner, Mark of the Raven.  I love the name "7th Circle FlameWorks", and I'm certainly not letting go of the trademark, but it didn't really fit with what Dorothy does.  At least not yet.  She doesn't really work with fire much at all.  Mark of the Raven is non-specific enough to cover both of us, even though that was her name, and her idea, it just works for both of us, so that's the way we decided to go.

To go along with the name change we have combined our efforts in other areas.  We now have a combined business Instagram, Facebook, website, and numerous other things.  We aren't turning into one of those weird couples that has a shared Facebook, but we are both running the same business pages, at any rate.  We completely re-designed the website, to the point that the old one is just a faded memory.  (We are even taking classes on social media marketing.)

Good riddance, imo.  That site was some hokey, free, no-feature-having, bullshit.  We need to present ourselves as if we had some class.  (note, Dorothy really has all the class and taste in this family.  I prefer all black with chrome accents and heavy metal / hardcore rap.)

I had to create new stickers (one or two will be include with each order), new business cards, new swag...  like... damn... how much shit did I have my name on?!?

This whole thing has been crazy.  Like running from an epic car fire. (picture related.)  We have to just look forward, and run like hell towards the future we are working so hard to create, before the past explodes behind us.  Wow.  Look at me acting all existential and shit.

Thank you for being with us on this crazy ride.  We couldn't do it without the support of our friends, family, and wonderful customers.  We really hope that you enjoy our art as much as we enjoy making it.

-Louis Cipher

(p.s. I don't know who to give credit for the picture, otherwise I would.  It was just too cool not to use.)

Z-List Video Star...

I published my first video today.  I decided to make a "How It's Done" video to answer all the questions about how my pipes are made.  Check it out, click "How It's Done" in the top menu.

Thank You Ashley...

Made my first sale within minutes of publishing this site.  It has been the only one so far, but it's encouraging none the less.  Of course, I had no expectation whatsoever of making a sale so soon, so I found myself unprepared.  Had to rush to get packing and shipping materials, but all-in-all, I consider it a good sign.

I have to keep in mind that I am not doing this as a business anymore, and to not get too wrapped up in it.  I am doing this as an outlet to sell my work, work that I wanted to make, not filling inventory.  I have to remember that it doesn't matter if I never sell another piece, but everything I sell on this website goes back into my art.  It's a way to keep going, and to keep from having box after box filled with beautiful pieces that never see the light of day.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me.

Getting Straight...

Finally got my DBA updated and my Tax ID renewed.  Sales tax will be included in the price of all of my products.  Got the Point of Sale set up to sell on the go.  So far Shopify seems pretty solid, and versatile.

Now I just need to work on flushing out my inventory :-)

Here we are...

Welcome to my new store...  

Let me start by introducing myself...  Hi, I'm Ronin.  I started my studio, 7th Circle FlameWorks, around seven years ago (as of this writing).  It has now become Mark of the Raven, but that is a story for another time. 

When I was a younger man, hitch-hiking around North America, I met a man by the name of Captain Chaos, (real name Greg, but what fun is that?), who traveled the country with his kids in a refitted school bus, blowing glass and having fun.  The time I spent with him and his family gave me a love for glass, and watching him and asking questions (and occasionally getting on the torch) gave me an understanding of the basics.

Sadly, with life being what it is, even more so when you are a young hobo, glass took a back seat, even ending up under the rug in the trunk of the car for many years.  It wasn't until many years later, 2010 if I recall correctly, when I was working a dead-end retail job, that I realized that I needed to create, to make things that I could hold in my hand and say "I made this", if I was ever going to be happy in life. 

I remembered how much I had loved working with glass, and my mind was made up.  I spent what little I had saved for my retirement, as well as begging and borrowing, the thousands of dollars I needed to buy everything I needed to get started.  I documented the whole thing on my facebook page, if you decide you want to know more...

I have sold my glass wholesale to numerous stores in Texas, Colorado, and Missouri.  I have sold my glass at festivals, done live demos at NORML events (among others), and even taken on a couple of short-term students.  It was a pretty wild ride, but as it is so often want to do, life got in the way.  We had a second child, and I got a really good job working for

After taking two years off to focus on myself, I am back on the torch, my studio is finally re-built and I am melting again.

So here we are...

Artists of Mark of the Raven