LOCALLY SOURCED BEESWAX ART
Step inside Jan Schubert’s Bee Happy candle making studio behind the “old red Ferguson house” she and her husband Eric Doud are renovating in Carbondale, and the aroma of beeswax embraces you.
“I see people walk in and take a deep breath,” she says. “The smell is somehow an antidepressant. You can just see people being lifted by smelling it.”
IT ALL BEGINS WITH HONEYBEES
Jan Schubert explains how bees make wax by transforming nectar, which is made by plants out of water and sunlight. Plants transform sunlight into sugar, and bees take this into their beings and transform it into wax. “This incredible substance then becomes light and heat, like the sun where it started. It is precious, a gift from the natural world,” Schubert says.
So she transforms it into art, making her own original candle molds of hearts, pears, apples, pinecones, acorns, angels, even asparagus with tiny, delicate fronds. On some designs, she hand paints layers using colored beeswax, layering pigments as if on canvas. Except unlike canvas, her medium is meant to melt away.
“I love how the light illuminates the wax,” she says. “Like pure gold.”
Each Holiday Gift Box contains one of Jan Schubert’s Starry Night pillar candles.
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