Danielle Ruttenberg wants to make one thing clear: She is not an alcoholic.
“I get asked that all the time,” said Ruttenberg, the 34-year-old cofounder of Remark Glass, an artisan studio in the Bok Building that turns used beer, wine and liquor bottles into functional household items like glasses, light fixtures, vases and serving bowls.
“It’s my favorite question: ‘Where do you get all those bottles?’” she said, explaining that no, they don’t come from crazy parties she throws at her Point Breeze home.
The used containers Remark gives new life are donated by a combination of friends, neighbors and local breweries, wineries and bars, a handful of which have formed a special relationship with the glassblowing outfit.
One is Tria, which operates two wine and beer cafes that go through hundreds of bottles a week. “They do really big deliveries to us,” Ruttenberg said. “Apparently it’s just as easy for them to hold the bottles for me as put them through the standard recycling process.”