About Ten2Midnight Studios
You might know Ten2Midnight as your resource for bright, colorful handcrafted suncatchers, but our entrepreneurial beginnings were much different...
Ten2Midnight Studios established
Ten2Midnight Studios is born- as a jewelry line. Each piece was quietly crafted in the basement of our Portland, Oregon home- after the kids were in bed, but before my husband arrived home at midnight from work.
Crafting a business
It was during these years when I learned what it takes to run a handcrafted business. Ten2Midnight Studios jewelry was being sold in boutiques nationwide, and at a variety of juried craft shows.
Time for a change
During the quarantine era of a pandemic, I realized I was ready to add more color in my space to brighten things up, which helped me realize it was time for a business update: Suncatchers were born and a pivot began.
Onward (and upward!)
The response to my Suncatcher line has been phenomenal, and this pivot has sparked a creative fire within me in this exciting new direction. I'm honored you're here with me on this journey!
Liane Crigler | Founder
Liane began her career in the LA apparel industry. It wasn't long, though, before she realized her true calling lay elsewhere. In the mid 1990’s, she cast aside the glamorous LA fashion scene to pursue a degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in metalsmithing.
The years after college were spent earning a steady paycheck & starting a family. After a seven year hiatus from her art, she returned to the studio renewed and ready to express her own voice & vision.
Xian Crigler | "The Fixer"
(and all-around handy guy)
Xian has always been involved behind the scenes of Ten2Midnight. But as the popularity of our suncatchers increased, so did his prescence in the studio. He not only cuts all the glass, but he maintains the laser, seals the wood, troubleshoots production & a million other things.
He also holds a degree in Studio Art and has experimented with a variety of mediums.
Why the name "Ten2Midnight"?
After the birth of our 2nd child, my husband took a swing shift position with his company so we could save on daycare costs. I worked at my office job from 8:30am to 2:30pm. He worked from 3:30pm to 12:00am. Five nights a week, I would put the kids to bed, make & pack lunches for the next day, do dishes and straighten a little. Then I had time - "me" time. I began making jewelry again. I would start around 9:30 or 10:00pm, and finish up around 12:00am when my husband would come home or I couldn't see straight anymore (whichever came first).
One of these nights however, my husband was home unexpectedly, but I still was drawn to my studio to work. He jokingly said - "Oh, is it time for Ten to Midnight Studios to open up shop?"
Yes, it was time. It was official from then on...