Lumel Glass is the online storefront of Lumel Studios.
For many, Lumel Studios has been a community hub in Whitehorse, a tourist destination, and a place to learn how to blow glass.
To those who know it more intimately, Lumel is a place for joy, a place for grief, a respite from feeling like an outsider, and a second home.
Founded by Luann Baker-Johnson and her husband/high school sweetheart Mel in 2016, Lumel may seem at first like a place to buy some cool glass. Once you get deeper, you realize that Lumel is an ongoing story about creating's role in happiness, the human experience, and connection.
Diversity and Inclusion
In May 2016, we opened with a crew that included four glass blowing artists, a student engineer, a student astrophysicist, an Australian tourist, a hitch hiker from Quebec, a sculpture instructor from Louisiana, a ceramic artist from Alberta, two First Nations youths – one from the Yukon and one from Alberta, a retired carpenter/sled dog musher, and a nursing student.
This diversity in our building crew resulted in a studio built with substance and a powerful spirit and communal presence.
The ‘community studio’ moniker is not taken lightly. Lumel Studios was built for all ages and all socio-economic classes . We have 5 year-olds, 100 year olds and all ages in-between fully creating glass pieces on our benches - they walk and wheel in.
Lumel is thriving in the Yukon and the biggest reason for our success is our culture of inclusivity. An inclusivity that began with the diverse building crew and continues every day with the people that enter our studio. Together, all of us, both the healthy and the weak, create something lasting and strong.
Lowering Our Footprint
We're committed to reducing our impact now, while continuing to find ways to improve as we go. Not only is our electricity 100% generated by solar panels, but we have a robust recycling program that's helping the entire industry rethink their waste.