Shop Local, A Very Merry Detroit Holiday
Decking the halls and dressing the tree are some favorite traditions of the holiday season. Decorative ornaments have become an inartistic part of these home decorations. Bloomfield Hills-based company, “Klassics by Kurtis Inc.” has taken the classic ornament to a whole new level.
Founder, Curtis J. Posuniak, was exposed to the makings of glass designers at an early age, and found himself fascinated by their work. Inspired to launch a specialty ornament business, Posuniak traveled to Poland, where specialty ornaments are crafted, to learn the tricks of the trade.
“Klassics by Kurtis Inc.” launched in 1996, selling 7,500 unique hand blown ornaments in the first year. Posuniak’s first line featured renowned musical composers such as, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. He then began to focus on creating custom ornaments for businesses, schools, organizations and charities.
“Some of our corporate accounts number more than 12,000 custom ornaments, while charities use them for fundraisers,” Posuniak says. “Our busiest time of the year is late summer, leading up to the holidays. I go to Poland for two or three weeks every year to go over the new designs.”
The process of crafting these one of a kind ornaments involves a lot of patience and attention to detail. Each artisan can blow around 100 ornaments a day, and each one takes several hours to complete. No two ornaments are the same, truly a work of art!
Posuniak has made ornaments depicting various renowned images and places. The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, a Hemi engine for Dodge, planes for Pentastar Aviation, the Detroit Athletic Club and the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island are a few on the list. He also created a Detroit themed line, which includes not only ornaments, but magnets, buttons, mugs, coasters and other items named after the iconic city.
And of course, Posuniak’s collection includes a wide variety of traditional Christmas ornaments, all handmade, individually signed and numbered. They are available online or sold in stores like Bronner’s in Frankenmuth.