Rose Ann Hall designs presents first public sale plus demonstrations of its handcrafting

By Alexis White

Rose Ann Hall Designs, (RAH Designs), which for over two decades has catered to the clientele of Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel, Sundance, Anthropolgie and many other high-end retailers, is having its very first holiday sale.

Rose Ann Hall designs holiday sale
Demonstrations and sale of handcrafted products
Sat and Sun, Dec 8 & 9, 11am-4pm
Rose Ann Hall Designs Workshop
13.5 km on the Road to Dolores Hidalgo or Office: 415-185-2252

The San Miguel de Allende company, whose unique, hand-crafted products have been featured in New York Magazine, Country Living, Southern Living and Gourmet, is selling many of its hand-poured and hand-stamped Santa Rosa candles, hand-carved glass and barware, and handmade decorative products at its workshop located on the Road to Carretera to Dolores Hidalgo. In addition to opening its doors to the public, RAH Designs is holding demonstrations of its artisanal processes. Shoppers can watch the art of grabado de pepita en vidrio, a centuries-old Mexican tradition of etching glass on grinding wheels, and the creating of church candles. Available in many sizes and thicknesses, Santa Rosa candles go through a labor-intensive process of pouring layers of high-grade, amber-tinted paraffin over wicks.

Included in the sale will be a limited number of pieces from “Dancing Dots,” the company’s newest glass line. It was recently featured in the Destination Mexico collection showcased at the MoMA Design Store of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. “Dancing Dots” was designed by San Miguel resident Ana Thiel, a glass artist and sculptor whose work is in museums and private collections throughout Europe, Mexico, South America, the United States and Japan. Thiel expects to be present on Saturday, December 8, to talk about how “Dancing Dots” was created.

In addition to “Dancing Dots,” a number of other RAH Designs signature and vintage patterns will be available. These pieces are in quantities not large enough for the company’s retail trade but perfect for personal gift-giving and home entertaining. They include hand-blown vases, decanters and pitchers, as well as wine, cocktail, tequila, pilsner and other drinking glass styles. Sale prices include protectively wrapped packaging. Shipping to the United States and Canada will be available at cost. Payment in pesos, Mexican checks and US dollars will be accepted, although there will be limited US currency available for giving change.

For more than 25 years, RAH Designs has been dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Mexican arts that date back centuries. Started in the United States as an importer of handmade Mexican glassware and crafts, the company moved to San Miguel in 2005 when Charlie Hall, Rose Ann’s son, took over. He established its manufacturing component, Exportadora Camino Norte, and set about changing the hopes and dreams of many sanmiguelenses who live in villages within the municipality. Some of them became artisans under the apprenticeship of leading master craftsmen in Mexico who are committed to passing down such vanishing art forms to another generation. Others acquired skills and experience in business and exporting. And out of the total number of employees, 30 percent found that being physically challenged was not a detriment to being employable.

Charlie Hall, who was born with Moebius syndrome, an extremely rare congenital neurological disorder that left him with some facial paralysis and arms that end at his elbows, established Exportadora Camino Norte with the express point of hiring and training persons with disabilities. Hall believes that one must learn to live with what life brings, and shares his determination most emphatically with his employees.

“All our artisans lead creative lives and some even lead challenging ones, but we believe that the desire to create is far more important than any physical challenge,” Hall states. “We are dedicated to giving disabled individuals an opportunity to express their creativity and become part of our team. And we offer all our people opportunities they may otherwise not have been given. These include not only a guarantee of fair, respectable wages but also ongoing counseling and workshops to enhance their personal and professional growth. It makes me so proud to watch our people blossom as they realize potentials they did not know existed in themselves,” he enthusiastically adds.

Hall has a unique point of view as both an employer and a disabled person. He has spoken before business and government agencies about disability issues. The State of Guanajuato has recognized his company for its inspiring work in the area of integrating and hiring disabled individuals.

To reach RAH Designs, take the Carretera a Dolores Hidalgo. After passing the Atotonilco intersection and Rancho Los Labradores, slow down for the Sonterra development on your left. RAH Designs immediately follows Sonterra. Look for suns and moons on its open gates and a large Mexican flag opposite the entrance.

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