We’ve all had it happen… A seemingly normal customer comes in with a porcupine sculpture and wants to engrave the quills. Are you the person who says yes or no? Lori Champagne, owner of Champagne Engraving, gleefully leaps at the opportunity. She will share with you the weirdness that walks into her studio, how she holds the items, and what machines she uses to personalize them. From Adirondack chairs to jewelry to zipper pulls, come learn how to create jigs, which machines work best for which materials, and why you should smile and say, “YES!”
Lori Champagne – Owner, Champagne Engraving
Creativity feeds the soul. Lori Champagne lives this adage. She has had many careers from picture framer to Muppet builder, from hotel night auditor to newspaper editor. In 1994 she was looking for a business that was creative, yet with vast business possibilities. She found the awards industry. Over the next 15 years, her California-based shop, Champagne Recognition, won countless awards, and in 2012, Champagne was featured in a front-page Wall Street Journal article for excellence in creativity. That same year she fell in love, sold her retail shop, and moved to Michigan. Working in multi-media, her dedicated home-based studio is complete with a panoply of machinery and tooling. Champagne is a long-time member of Toastmasters and volunteers for various organizations.