Person: Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert from Hennepin Made
Hennepin Made was founded in Minneapolis, MN in 2011 through the partnership of Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert with the common belief that handmade products have an essential place in our culture and everyday life.
Joe Limpert was originally trained as a ceramicist and has always enjoyed the visceral nature of working with hands-on materials. When he discovered glass, he knew a switch was in order. This transition enabled an immediate fascination with the craft that lead to an apprenticeship with his instructor, Jackson Schwartz, who had returned from the Canberra School of Art in Australia. During the two years there were numerous conversations, dinners, and experiments with handmade glass in mind. Their experiments, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, lead to the duo founding Hennepin Made.
Their first collection launched in 2014, the Parallel Series, brought together the rich complementary duo of spun aluminum and hand blown glass. Hennepin Made currently has 11 employees, 7 of which are in production. Most of the artisans hail from the University of Riverfalls glass blowing program, where Jackson Schwartz instructed.
We’re pleased to welcome Hennepin Made to IDS17 in our MAKER section, curated by Design Milk. Click here to learn more.