"I’m fortunate to live in a vibrant community that truly embraces the arts,” Belz said. “There are so many opportunities to learn, grow and share my talents with others. Water Street Studios prides itself in promoting and developing art programs for schools and groups that might not otherwise have access to them. The best part of what I do is seeing that moment of pure magic in people's eyes as they watch me create with fire.”
Belz said she still feels that magic every time she turns on the torch.
“And I want others to feel that too,” she said.
Playing with fire seems a bit risky, and Belz has experienced the ups and downs of learning the sometimes precarious craft. We spoke of one incident that happened when Belz was in the very early learning stages. Working with a 2,000-degree torch, she heated the glass she was working on too quickly and it shattered.
“I ended up with hot glass shards down my shirt,” she recalled.
But Belz learned a valuable lesson from the early mistake, making her vigilant about teaching her students crucial safety knowledge.
“When you are working with a 2,000-degree torch, certain safety precautions have to be observed,” she said.
Being a sole proprietorship has Belz, like many entrepreneurs, wearing all the hats.
“That can be a real juggling act,” Belz said. “I carve out time to do marketing, production work, teaching, paperwork, professional development and, of course, family. Somewhere in there, I try to sleep.”
While repeatedly switching from business hat to creative hat can be a challenge, Belz says it’s worth it to do what she truly loves to do.