Q: How does it work?
A: We inflate air into molten glass with steel pipes. And we blow it at 2,000 degrees.
Q: You and your art teacher have a Philly connection, right?
A: Yes, he was a graduate of Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and so am I.
Q: What did you do after that?
A: I was teaching and freelancing in New York and developed my first accessories collection of vases. I came back here and taught at Tyler, but returned to New York in 1999. That's when I launched John Pomp Studios.
Q: Tell me about that.
A: I got a bank loan to open a studio in Brooklyn. I was the go-to person for custom glass-blown lighting fixtures for architects and interior designers.
Q: Why did you return?
A: There are many talented artists here. It made sense to come back. We bought a building on Mascher, and then we purchased an adjacent building [with assistance from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.].
Q: How's the biz model work?
A: Our collections are available only to architects and interior designers who can specify custom lighting fixtures for residences.
Q: Who buys Pomp?
A: Clients who have multiple homes and can afford handcrafted, glass-blown lighting fixtures for their homes.
Q: How much do products cost?
A: Our industry is very sensitive to this because we don't do retail, but in general [lighting] fixtures range from $1,500 to $50,000.
Q: Everything in Philly?
A: Yes. We have our metal shop, glassblowing studio, lamp shop, wiring, crate-making shop and offices. I'm very proud of that.
Q: How big a business?
A: Twenty-two full-time employees.
Q: Are you going to hit $3 million in annual revenue based on what you did in 2012?
A: That's what we project.
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