By Peggy Sturdivant
Maria Ruano rolls up the warehouse door to reveal coastal freighters docked on the Ship Canal. On the west side’s loading dock we sit at a café table looking up at the Ballard Bridge, as though it’s the Eiffel Tower. Where are we? At Bedrock Industries’ new location on the Nickerson side of the Ship Canal, just below the Ballard Bridge.
It’s a shame if you don’t know about Seattle’s Bedrock Industries, because as owner Maria Ruano says, “We’re an institution!” If you’ve ever admired a friend’s new kitchen backsplash, the glass curtain in their yard or found a heart-shaped piece of glass of Golden Gardens on Valentine’s Day then you’re already connected by cullet.
By the way, cullet is crushed, recycled glass ready to be re-melted. With the addition of color and various firing techniques Bedrock Industries’ products are as much art as practical. The showroom would be easier to find if the company hadn’t been forced to move twice over the last three years, leaving their longtime home under the Magnolia Bridge in 2014.