In 2012, the concept of Artisan Elements (Formerly Art Inspired) began to take shape, build business relationships, and create jobs to decrease dependence on government funding. Started by Abilities First as a program to recycle the organization’s paper waste into greeting cards and small home collection items, Artisan Elements evolved into a new business enterprise – designing apprenticeship programs, hiring, and training an inclusive workforce, and developing a proprietary new medium (Natural ArtisanStone™) from recycled paper, concrete and commercial additives.
Today, Artisan Elements is resolved to create an environmentally sustainable and inclusive future for all. We have expanded our product lines to include a secondary medium made with recycled glass, concrete and commercial additives known as Polished ArtisanStone™. Our apprentices take great care in each step of the process. Beginning with shredded recycled paper, water, concrete and commercial additives for our Natural ArtisanStone™ medium; the mix is ground into a pliable pulp and hand-cast into sculptural wall tiles, tables, home décor items, and commercial & residential planters. The products are then air-cured for 14-28+ days. Finally, our team works together to package, label, and prepare each shipment destined for our customers.
Artisan Elements continues to expand its dedication and mission, not only as environmental stewards, but social stewards. We work together with individuals with developmental disabilities, who have expressed their desire to work and be productive members of the community. In conjunction with Abilities First Employment Services, we participate in apprenticeship programs that partner with the business community to hire and train an inclusive workforce.
Our ongoing mission is to explore new sustainable materials and help pioneer projects with forward thinking clients.
We believe together we enhance lives and spaces!