About Us


It began as a hobby – Marj Paonessa spent the better part of 2007 working, in her spare time, with fused and sandblasted glass. Once she created the Marilyn Monroe ‘Classic Series’ martini and wine glass line, it soon became clear she needed to make the switch from her job as a Lower Mainland coroner to a full time entrepreneur. And with that, Hour Glass Studio Ltd. was born in the Township of Langley.

Hollywood is calling

Once the website went online the response to these iconic pieces was almost immediate. Distinctive Assets in LA came calling – the company that hosts many of the major event backstage lounge events and gift bag promotions wanted The Marilyn ‘Classic Series’ glasses to be part of the 2007 ‘Everybody Wins at the Emmys” and 2008 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” celebrity gift bags. The nominees were presented with the glasses, and there couldn’t have been a better place to showcase an icon such as Marilyn than at the two biggest Hollywood events of the year.

In October of 2007, Hour Glass Studio took part in the backstage lounge event at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This annual fundraiser hosted by the tennis great and wife Steffi Graf featured a number of celebrities including Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana and David Foster. All celebrities participating donated their time and talent to raise over $9 million in a single evening, and each celebrity received a pair of the Marilyn Monroe ‘Classic Series’ glasses.

Local clubs displayed on glass

Hour Glass Studio Ltd. is situated in the heart of B.C’s horse country, so it was only natural to etch equine images and club logos. Each new image Marj creates seems to generate requests for more breeds to be represented on glass. At this time, the studio has created etchings such as:

40 equine images including everything from the mini donkey to the heavy horse
Year-end awards and judge’s gifts for numerous horse and dog clubs
Event awards for Thunderbird Show Park and Milner Downs
Powder Puff and Breeders Classic Finalist plates for Fraser Downs in Surrey

Hour Glass Studio presents a series of familiar Canadiana images including original versions of the Maple Leaf and Inuksuk. These were especially popular when Vancouver and Whistler proudly hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and they make beautiful gifts for visitors to the West Coast.

Unique, personalized gifts for any occasion

When business owners want a unique way to display a corporate brand or require customized long service awards and retirement pieces, they call on Hour Glass Studio. Marj creates beautiful tributes to employees that will make them feel valued for their contribution to the business.

Hour Glass Studio also creates personalized wedding glasses, bonbonnieres, plates, and vases, and these pieces can be customized perfectly to suit any theme you’ve chosen for your special day.

Personalized gifts – personalized service

Marj realizes business owners are busy people, and customer service is paramount. That’s why Hour Glass Studio has no minimum orders and our one time setup fee for corporate orders is very competitive.

Everyone loves to receive gift baskets filled with nice treats for their birthday or special event, and Hour Glass Studio can create a unique gift basket AND include some personalized etched glasses, mugs, candle holders or plate to make it extra special. Ordering a gift basket is as easy as calling us at 604.308.9481 or completing the order form.  The studio will create and locally deliver gift baskets for any special event.

Check out our shop and take a look at the many beautiful pieces of etched glass available for purchase.  We offer worldwide shipping for most products, and are happy to include a complimentary gift card with your special sentiments in any order.