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Black Cloister interior design details

On Thu evening, Mar 19, 2015, I spoke with owner Tom Schaefer at the Black Cloister. He provided some info about the interior design.

The glassware, at least the Mug Club mugs, were made by a local glass company: Gathered Art Gallery and Studios.



When I entered Gathered Art Gallery and Studios, I was met by a space filled with high quality, fine glasswork. Nestled inside a 100-year-old downtown building, the gallery boasts sculptural and functional pieces made by local artists, co-owners of the studio, Adam Goldberg, Eli Lipman and Mike Stevens. An open doorway on the left welcomed me to their hot shop, where the molten magic happens.

As I walked into their studio, Goldberg and Stevens were at work creating brew mugs. The two work together easily—their relationship the result of collaboration that started at Bowling Green State University. Tom Schaefer of the Black Cloister Brewing Company stood back from the furnace, watching the two create commissioned glasses for the future Black Cloister “Mug Club.” The three discussed the style and negotiated color and shapes as Adam and Mike demonstrated their artistic flexibility.

In barely 15 minutes, the pair turned molten glass into a stylish mug. Tom appeared pleased, and they continued discussing the project. The new mug was safely tucked into the kiln, where it slowly cooled. “It’s like Christmas every day when you open that kiln,” Eli said. “There’s a lot of anticipation to see the final product.”

The bar top, shelves, etc were made and/or contracted out by local firm called Broken Color. I'm unable to find a website for Broken Color, assuming that's the correct spelling.

The wood edge of the bar top may have come from railroad ties.

Broken Color contracted the mural with Graphite: Design & Build.


In a couple small areas, Broken Color used wood that was salvaged from a Toledo building that was built in the 1860s.

The drink rail that hangs along the wall with the mural is made of 100-year-old Michigan cherry wood.

The tables cost $5 a piece, which may have been the price before refurnishing. The tables came from an old warehouse.

Local designer http://laceycampbelldesigns.com contributed some work . On Thu evening, Mar 19, I saw her using a drill to assemble a large table in a side room. Earlier this year, Lacey was on a Spike TV reality show about design.

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Here's some info about the interior design based upon a conversation with owner Tom Schaefer. Area people were involved.

Broken Color constructed and contracted out much of the interior work. I'm unsure if I have that spelled correctly because I could not find any additional info on the firm.

In a couple small areas, wood was used that was salvaged from a Toledo building that was built in the 1860s.

The metal and wood shelves were custom built.

The long drink rail that hangs on the wall with the mural was made from 100-year-old Michigan cherry wood.

I think that the wood used on the bar may have come from railroad ties. The wood has a rugged look, so it may have been salvaged from somewhere.

The tables cost $5 a piece. I assume that was the cost before the tables were refurnished. The tables came from an old warehouse.

Graphite: Design & Build created the mural.

Gathered Art Gallery and Studios created the mugs for the Mug Club.

Lacey Campbell Designs contributed work. Last night, I saw Lacey assembling a large table in the side room near the front. These photos look like the table.

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